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Lawmaker Ends Homeless Shopping Cart Destruction Campaign

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A Hawaii legislator says he's putting down the sledgehammer he carried to destroy stolen shopping carts used by homeless people to carry belongings in Waikiki. A Hawaii legislator says he's putting down the sledgehammer he carried to destroy stolen shopping carts used by homeless people to carry belongings in Waikiki.
HONOLULU, HAWAII -

A Hawaii legislator says he's putting down the sledgehammer he carried to destroy stolen shopping carts used by homeless people to carry belongings in Waikiki.

State Rep. Tom Brower tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has made his point and raised the profile of the issue.

He says the question is now whether something will be done to address the eyesores.

Brower earlier this week estimated he smashed up to 30 unmarked shopping carts and returned a half-dozen marked carts to stores.

His actions were strongly criticized by homeless advocates who said smashing carts was disrespectful, possibly illegal and likely to incite violent reaction.

Mental Health America of Hawaii director Marya Grambs says Brower likely ended his cart destruction after a flurry of criticism locally and nationally.

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