Over the past two years, there has been a pattern of harassment against the homeless at the public library in Levittown, PA. Children who incessantly scream and run around the library like savages are given a pass, but the homeless are kicked out for frivolous reasons or at least harassed.
I have filed an online complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Below is a listing of facts in the case I am building up against Pat, the director at the Levittown branch of the Bucks County Free Library:
- Pat confronted a homeless woman who was reading. She told her she needed to do something in the library.
- I was talking quietly to a homeless man, not making a fraction of the noise the children and other special privileged characters make when Pat burst out of an office and exclaimed “this conversation is getting heated; you have to do something!” Shortly after that, he was kicked out for a week for nodding off at the library. Last night the guy was kicked out again. I suspect that was because that Pat didn’t agree with his point of view. I have to talk with him about this.
- A couple of weeks ago, as I was talking quietly and briefly with some homeless people, after I had stopped talking for about 30 seconds, Pat told me I have to keep the noise down. I believe she didn’t like my criticism about how the county deals with the homeless, about a political view and a politician who holds the view she holds.
- A homeless man was served a paper from someone in the Bucks County Free Library system that informed him he was banned from the library for a week. Details are forthcoming.
- When I was on my cell phone in the designated cell phone area, on hold, I uttered two words: “Come on” and Pat told me I was talking too loud in the library.
- This past Saturday, Pat confronted a homeless woman while she was doing the giant puzzle the library put out for people to work. The homeless woman had just gotten back from the funeral for the homeless man who died in a camper fire when the librarian said she had a complaint that the woman was lying on the floor of the ladies room making cigarettes. . The homeless woman had been in the library between 9 and about 11:00 a.m. before she caught the bus for the funeral.
The homeless woman was summarily judged, without question and was told if she did it again, she’d be kicked out of the library. There was no evidence – just someone’s word, most likely someone who decided to make something up to drive the homeless out of the library. Or Pat may have just lied. On one occasion, Pat ordered the security guard to cut the locks on bicycles that she believed were abandoned. Pat told an advocate that she had made an announcement that the locks would be cut to warn those bikers who just parked legally while visiting the library
A credible source who was there when she allegedly made the announcement said he was in hearing range of the PA system and that no announcement was made. Pat lied about this and most likely lied about the woman in the restroom.
- Three incidents where the homeless were harassed for using the library Wi-Fi as per the rules, Pat approached them and said they shouldn’t be doing that but then backed off after they explained what they were doing.
- Pat tried to keep out a man with a legal service dog, although anyone could plainly see it was a service dog. The man whipped out some papers and Pat backed off.
Pat has constantly harassed the homeless and has abridged free speech.
She and her hobophobic comrades simply don’t like the homeless and act as if the library is their own property. It’s a public library and the same rules should apply to everyone. The charge that Pat is harassing the homeless in order to get them out comes from two sources as well as from my own observations.
- The community relations and development director from the Levittown Salvation Army Community center told me “people who don’t want the homeless in the library”.
- At a meeting at the library, a friend overheard someone ask what is going to be done about peoples’ questions that “the homeless are making the library their hangout.” The response: “Pat is taking care of that.”
Pat acts as if the library is her personal club and discriminates against anyone who doesn’t match her narrow-minded view of who qualifies to be a member. This is judgmental and discriminatory. This, along with the double standard, must stop!