Just a few weeks ago, New York City was taking "an express train—to the bad old days." According to an October 27, 2013 article in the Post, taking a trip on the subway was to brave a gauntlet of tattered moochers, a tidal wave of Takers whose powerful stench is matched by a brazen desire to create "an atmosphere of fear." So at the urging of the tabloid, the NYPD began arresting these sinister supplicants—71 of them in just two weeks alone—only to find that detaining New York City's most vulnerable citizens is a superb waste of time and money.

“There are more important things we have to worry about, like people becoming the victim of a crime,” a police source told the Post in a December 2, 2013 story. “People are getting thrown onto subway tracks, having their iPhones and iPads snatched. The last thing we’re worried about is a man begging for a nickel on the holidays. It’s common sense.”

One of the 71 arrestees reportedly had 43 cents to his name when he was taken into custody.

Homelessness in New York City is at a record high, taxpayers shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to pay slum lords to keep human beings in a state of limbo, the need for affordable housing has never been greater, but let's focus police manpower on that poor person with a bunch of plastic bags who dares to live among us.