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What makes a man homeless 奈何為流浪漢?

Los Angeles police move in to arrest this homeless woman for sleeping on the sidewalk during the daytime.
洛杉磯警方逮捕這名大白天在人行道上睡覺的流浪婦人。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

If you sleep on a park bench every night, are you homeless?

What if you have a bed and an apartment, but just prefer to sleep outside?

That's what judges in New York had to decide after a landlord wanted to kick out a tenant paying only US$104 for a Manhattan apartment.

New York has laws which keep rent stable even if land prices go up.

But if you live at a different house most of the time, the landlord can evict you and rent the apartment for more money.

TOA Construction Company tried to evict Michael Tsitsires, who was mentally ill.

TOA claimed that Tsitsires spent most of his time outside, lived in the park, was homeless and could be evicted.

The court said that Tsitsires was not homeless, still kept his clothes and other things at his apartment, and he spends time outside because of his emotional difficulties and couldn't be evicted.

(Jason Cox, Staff Writer with AP)

假如你每晚都在公園椅子上睡覺,是因為無家可歸嗎?

假如你有床舖與公寓,卻偏愛在外頭睡覺呢?

這是紐約法官判決時必須傷腦筋的事。一名房東想把他曼哈頓公寓只付一百零四美元租金的房客趕出門。

紐約法律規定,即使地價上揚,租金仍需保持穩定。

TOA建設公司想把患有精神疾病的麥可.希特賽斯趕出門。

TOA指稱,希特賽斯幾乎都在外頭住在公園裡,理所當然該被逐出門。

法院決定,希特賽斯並非無家可歸,他仍把衣服與雜物放在他公寓裡,是因為精神問題才待在外頭,不該被驅逐。

(翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. homeless n.

流浪的 (liu2 lang4 de5),無家可歸的 (wu2 jia1 ke3 gui1 de5)

例: You can do a lot to help the homeless like donate clothes and canned food.

(你可以做很多事來幫助流浪漢,像是捐贈衣物和罐頭食物。)

2. stable adj.

穩定的 (wen3 ding4 de5)

例: Before you buy a house, you should have a stable job.

(你應該有穩定的工作才買屋。)

3. evict v.i. /v.t.

驅逐 (qu1 zhu2)

例: If you don't pay your rent, you will certainly be evicted.

(假如你不付房租,一定會被掃出門。)


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