from The Epoch Times:
A city in Wyoming has been overwhelmed with a growing number of homeless people, who have damaged a local hotel that would require millions of dollars to fix and left hundreds of pounds of human feces in the downtown area, according to its mayor.
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s third-world country stuff happening in Casper, Wyoming,” Mr. Knell said.
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“They destroyed everything,” he added. “It’s horrible.”
According to the mayor, the city’s vacant Econo Lodge motel, which had been closed due to flooding, was taken over by homeless people, who caused millions in destruction.
The city subsequently condemned the motel, and the bank that owned the property had to board it up to prevent homeless people from entering.
“It was inhabitable, and it was unsafe,” Mr. Knell said.
Other homeless people have moved into abandoned properties with no electricity or running water, the mayor said.
Many homeless people loiter in the city’s downtown area, the mayor added, leaving behind about 500 pounds of human feces that city staffers cleaned up. The loiterers have occupied parks and bike paths, while others choose to sleep in their cars, Mr. Knell added.
“In desperate times, people do desperate things, and unfortunately, we’re the ones left having to deal with it,” he said, adding the homeless population was responsible for some of the city’s crimes.
“We know very well we cannot litigate our way or arrest our way out of the problem, but our police need some teeth to start dealing with the squatting,” Mr. Knell said. “They’re just causing so many problems.”
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