Donna Myrow, the founder of the teen-written paper LA Youth, was having lunch with book agent Charlotte Gusay when security guards at Farmers Market ordered her not to give her leftovers to a homeless man. She blogs about the aftermath:
“People are hungry,” I shouted at the guard as I jumped up from my seat. “He can eat at our table.”
“No,” as he called for another guard.
“Give me back my food and I’ll wrap it up for him,” I challenged.
Again, “No, it’s against the rules.”
By this time we were attracting attention from other customers. “Please give him my bottle of water,” said the elderly lady at the next table.
The scene then shifted to the street, involving more patrons. More at her blog.
Strong read: The November issue of LA Youth has a story by an unidentified, undocumented Peruvian teen who has been in the U.S. since age 5 and writes about college and her American dream.