Houston, Tx (CNN) — A homeless veteran in Texas was ticketed by police for searching through a garbage can for food. The case has sparked outrage from activists who say it's a waste of resources.
On the ticket, the officer wrote "disturbing the contents of a garbage can in the Downtown Central Business District."
The CEO for Coalition for the Homeless, Marilyn Brown, says often times a citation for a homeless person leads to a litany of more tickets.
"If you don't have a car, if you don't have transportation, you may not even know what day it is to go to court. So, it does start compounding very quickly and they can add up."
In a statement released to Eyewitness News, HPD said, "An officer has probable cause to issue such a citation when a person is opening a lid and rummaging through contents of a dumpster or trash can."
Reporter: "Does it do any good to get a ticket?
Homeless man: "Not really. You ain't going to be able to pay for it anyhow, so I guess you'll have to sit it out in jail or something."
Local station KTRK reports an attorney has offered to represent the man pro bono at his court date.