The Homeless: Battle of The Bottle

Battle of The Bottle

For many homeless people, collecting the deposits on empty beverage containers is not a nickel-and-dime affair -- it's a living. Some redeem 400 or more cans each day, enough to pay for a meal and a night in a flophouse. Last week attorneys for the homeless filed a lawsuit in New York, one of nine states that require deposits, alleging that some of the state's largest supermarket chains have been breaking the law to discourage the scavengers.

Lawyers for the Legal Action Center for the Homeless claim that though the law requires stores to take up to 240 returns a day...

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