Law Lets Cops Jail People for Sleeping in Cars! (Nanny of the Month, Aug '13)


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This month's lineup features Iranian officials who deemed a woman too sexy to hold office, a certain big-city mayor (take a wild guess!) who's bent on banning e-cigarettes, even though they've helped plenty of people kick cancer sticks.

But for this month's top dishonors we head to the ritzy Bay Area city of Palo Alto.

Renting a one-bedroom apartment will run you about $2,500 a month, and the city council has recently criminalized the much cheaper option of sleeping in your car. Tough economic times get a lot tougher for car dwellers who don't just have to worry about finding jobs and housing, but also avoiding arrest and hard time (up to a year in jail!).

But not to worry, says Palo Alto Mayor Gregory Scharff. The new ordinance merely provides police with a much-needed "tool" to punish those who do awful things like urinate and defecate on people's yards. (As if such offenses aren't already against the law!)

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"Nanny of the Month" is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Researcher is Matt Edwards (@mattchrised). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg.

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