It’s hard to believe that cranking coins into a repainted parking meter
could be better than simply dropping coins or bills into a Red Kettle. As an old bell ringer myself (Kiwanis volunteer), I used to wonder if
the Red Kettle could be secured and left unattended would it change the amount
of contributions. For those who make a showy spectacle of their
charity, the meter operation would be a clear winner. But for those who’s
main and or only concern is for the homeless, the meter might be a needless
obstacle. My attempts to find out more information about the
Homeless Outreach Service Team have so far come up empty. It shows up on U-tube
and the website of the Salt Lake Police Department, but the information is about
the same as this article.
Just read the headline and thought, "Goodness, we have homeless people and
now have homeless meters? What's next?"