A Los Angeles homeless man has been captured on video hurling his own feces at a business owner, who blasted city officials for “not caring” about the growing transient crisis.
Paul Scrivano, owner of the Blue Dog Beer Tavern near Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, shared footage of the pantsless man throwing a bag of waste on the hood of his car.
“Every day, it’s like ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’” Scrivano told FOX11 on Tuesday of the unhoused individuals who frequent the area around his tavern.
“Literally a psych ward.”
Scrivano said one man in particular openly defecates on Ventura Boulevard.
“Every single morning, I’m wiping that off my property before I have to do business,” Scrivano said.
Theo Marvo, owner of the Sherman, a nearby restaurant, shared Scrivano’s exasperation.
“It’s mostly the criminal aspect of the homeless and unhoused,” he said.
Attorney Larry Spade, chair of the Homelessness Committee for the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, said business owners have a right to be frustrated.
“Many business owners are at their wits’ end, they’re not getting the responsiveness that they need and that they deserve,” he explained.
“Individual homeless people will camp out in front of a store, make it their home, bring their possessions, use it as a bedroom. In the morning, when the business owners come to open up, they have to try to deal with a homeless person literally blocking the entrance to their business and then, they have to deal with cleaning up hazardous waste right in front of their business, right in Sherman Oaks, right on Ventura Boulevard.”
Scrivano, for his part, has repeatedly sent videos of unhoused people making threats and relieving themselves on Ventura Boulevard to the office of Councilwoman Nithya Raman, who represents Sherman Oaks.
But Raman’s office responded by telling him to stop sending graphic material.
“Nithya Raman does not care, she does not care,” Scrivano said.
When pressed on the issue by FOX11, Raman replied that the homeless crisis is more complex than people think.
“The reality is that people who are experiencing homelessness are still individuals who are there on the streets because they don’t have a home,” she said.
“Where is the compassion in leaving someone on the street when they clearly cannot help themselves in any way? I don’t believe that anyone who is suffering from mental illness should not be receiving the care that they deserve.”
But with mental health resources in the community already stretched thin, most people are on the streets without getting the help they need.
“The rights of the homeless cannot exceed the rights of the homeowners and the business owners,” Slade reasoned.
“There has to be a balance between those two rights, and right now, that balance is tipping mightily in favor of the homeless to the detriment of the people that live here and work here. We’re not insensitive to these issues, but it’s gotten to the point, it’s beyond control and something has got to give.”
Los Angeles isn’t the only major city struggling to accommodate unhoused people. Last week, The Post reported on a troubled homeless man who was finally arrested after assaulting several people on the Upper West Side.
“This is becoming a daily story,” a Manhattan police officer told The Post at the time.