A Hawaii State Representative Is Straight Sledgehammering Homeless People’s Shopping Carts

Enter Tom Brower, the superhero Hawaii doesn't deserve, but the one it, maybe, needs. Brower is a five-term state representative and part-time sledgehammer VIGILANTE. He roams the streets looking for shopping carts used by the homeless—the ones that allow them to occasionally maneuver their possessions away from the children's playground they live in—and he bashes the carts in. Over the past two weeks, Brower estimates he's destroyed 30 shopping carts. Others, he's returned to supermarkets and other stores. He says he's not a total asshole: He takes out the possessions before breaking the carts.

“I don't want to be threatening to anybody,” Brower says here, while holding a sledgehammer.

If you thought Brower's incredible dickishness toward the homeless stopped at the shopping cart rampages, oh ho, think again. He'll also wake them up. “If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don't do anything,” he told the Star-Advertiser. “But if they are sleeping during the day, I'll walk up and say, 'Get your ass moving.'”

Naturally, his methods have proven controversial in the 50th state. He could win mayor of NYC right now.