AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an effort to tackle the homeless problem in West Campus, the director of the Austin Code Department is proposing a ban on the sales of single-serve alcoholic beverages at stores located near the campus.
It’a all part of a few proposals made during a University of Texas at Austin safety coalition meeting. A spokesperson for the code department said there’s an interdepartmental task force consisting of the Austin Code Department, Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Health and Human Services, Public Works and Austin Energy that would help move forward with the proposals.
The proposals comes as a direct response to parents and students who say aggressive homeless people are an issue in West Campus. Other proposals include adding locks to dumpsters to discourage dumpster diving as well as banning solicitation in all areas of West Campus.
Business owners in the area say banning the sales would be money from their registers. They say most of their customers are students.
“It helps business too yeah, because if you have just a few dollars, you can buy this beer, if you have $2 you can buy the single beer, and if you don’t have enough money you can easily afford this beer, so I think it’s allowed to sell,” Binod Ksadka, from Nueces Mart said.
Students we spoke with also agree.
“We shouldn’t restrict people who aren’t criminals from buying alcohol, because criminals are buying alcohol, that’s kind of silly,” Luke Lacy, a UT student says.