Thousands of gamers are causing a public nuisance for the City of Los Angeles in the skid row area. The gamers are harassing customers of the local business when they panhandle outside of stores. City sanitation workers complain that they are tired of cleaning up the feces, left by gamers, along skid row and the surrounding areas.
By law, a public safety nuisance is defined as any ongoing act or physical condition on a property, both public and private, that is detrimental to the safety of the inhabitants of the city, the police said.
Most gamers are bypassing the law by walking endlessly through the streets during the day and hiding in the rat infested sewers at night to sleep.
David Bergman, who brings down his cart into the sewers every night using an old rope said, "Its hard being a gamer and I remember when I used to belong to a gaming community on the net, now I have to struggle because I didn't invest my time learning and developing a good career."
Professor of physiology, Jay Watson, said the problem started in the 80's when video games first came out and it has been escalating as sales of more advanced video games has spearheaded the video industry.
Watson explains that video games waste children's time. They don't do homework and lose valuable that is needed for learning. These young people usually fail high school or are unable do well in college classes because of their gaming activities. Most of them have a difficult time filling out a job application because off low reading levels.
Left with no other options in life because of gaming they are left homeless. They survive on the streets in any manner they can think of. They dig through the trash to find half-eaten food, they panhandle, steal, sell drugs and prostitute themselves.
The problem has become so bad that city council members are drafting new laws to have the city cleared of gamers. In the law, the word gamer has replaced "homeless" because they account for 95 percent of the homeless population in Los Angeles.