‘Snitch app’ encourages residents to report homeless persons
By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt
Residents can now report homeless persons to the city government with a new addition to the 311 mobile phone app, announced Thursday by city officials.
Mayor Ed Lee said the app is intended to better care for homeless persons who may be in need of immediate services. But one formerly homeless person, Darcel Jackson, saw it differently.
“It’s a snitch app,” Jackson said. “What they are doing is making residents police.”… (more)
This looks like a case of discrimination. The “NO on F” mailers argue against snooping on neighbors. Why did the city create an app to promote it? Isn’t that a contradiction? They appear to be discriminating between Airbnb hosts and the homeless people who are on the street because they were evicted to make room for transients with more money? The hosts, who are just trying to make ends meet by renting out their rooms should be free from snoops but the homeless guy on the street has no right to privacy.