A shitstorm has emerged on Twitter after it came to light that spikes designed to deter rough sleepers have been installed outside a block of flats in Southwark, London. This kind of thing is nothing new; these spikes been springing up outside shops around more affluent areas of the city, such as on Regent Street, for a while:
Here's the photo from the block of flats:
Clearly the goal is to stop homeless people sleeping outside residential buildings and businesses, and obviously the prevailing opinion is that it's horrific to demonise homeless people like this, as well as making life even more difficult for them. Even David Schneider has had his say on the matter, tweeting:
"Is that where we are now in Britain?
"How can we rid ourselves of the problem of homelessness?"
- "Little spikes in the ground?"
So, how do you feel about it? Is it barbaric, or would you be comfortable with someone sleeping in your doorway? Obviously people have taken this as someone's attempt to "fix homelessness," but I don't really think that was the intention in the first place.
Here's a news story on the subject.
A homeless person was not available for comment.