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Rev. Larry Rice Says All Restaurants Should Allow Homeless to Use their Restrooms

May 04, 2018 - 7:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - An advocate for St. Louis' homeless population is ramping up his campaign for what he calls ‘potty parity’.

The city shut down the Reverend Larry Rice's homeless mission, New Life Evangelistic Center, just over a year ago, but Rice says that he continues to work for better conditions, in this case asking that restaurants allow homeless residents to come in and use the restroom, free of charge, whenever they need.

“If we want to be a progressive city and treat people humanely, there needs to be things like that unfolding, but they don’t think about that. They’d rather spend the money on a ball park or give tax abatements to the rich and powerful,” he says.

Rice says from McDonald's all the way up to Tony's, it doesn't matter -- he'd like every restaurant to adopt a policy allowing the homeless inside. Rice is threatening a social media campaign that would involve posting video of restaurants that refuse to allow the homeless inside.