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Tisane owner calls the cops on Ned Coll

I’ll admit it.  Private person that I am, I don’t particularly like being panhandled at a restaurant’s outdoor seating area . . . on the other hand, the streets belong to everyone and I really don’t like businesses owners that act like the sidewalk is their private property…or like the cops are their personal bouncers.  So I’m with Ned Coll on this one:

Activist Ned Coll Arrested After Tiff At Tisane


The Hartford Courant

July 16, 2009


Ned Coll, the activist and sometime presidential candidate, was arrested about 11 p.m. Tuesday after getting into a dispute with the manager of Tisane, a Farmington Avenue restaurant. Police said Coll was a patron at Tisane when a panhandler who frequents the area walked by. Coll gave the woman some money, then began to speak with her. The manager of Tisane asked the woman to move along, police said. Coll became upset with the manager, and the situation escalated to the point that restaurant staff called police. Coll, 69, who lives in Hartford’s West End and has a home in Barkhamsted, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree criminal trespass. He was released on a written promise to appear in court today in Hartford. Coll said Tuesday afternoon that the woman approached him. “This lady came up to me, and she was poor, and I helped her,” Coll said. “This guy cuts in and says ‘don’t give her any money.’ That’s where I got ticked. It’s not his business if I’m helping somebody.” Coll, who founded an anti-poverty agency called the Revitalization Corps, said restaurant staff then attacked him and dragged him out. Jack Terry, the general manager at Tisane Euro Asian Cafe, said the panhandler has been an ongoing problem at the restaurant and has been arrested before. He said the restaurant’s assistant manager was escorting the panhandler off the restaurant’s property when “Mr. Coll began screaming at him, calling him a Nazi and eventually spit on him.” So restaurant staff decided to call police. Coll was arrested after he refused to leave the restaurant, police and. “I called the guy a Nazi,” Coll said. “I didn’t spit on that guy. That’s an outrageous lie.” Coll said he scraped his elbow while being removed from the restaurant.

Copyright © 2009, The Hartford Courant //

Filed under: Fighting oppression, Whose streets?

2 Responses

  1. Kelly Dungan says:

    Let me ask you this David Owens, were you at Tisane on this night that Ned Coll was arrested? Oh you weren’t, I didn’t think so. Because I was and watched the whole thing while working. Its one thing for a panhandler to be on the street, but to come up on a patio where paying guests are trying to have a good time and hassling people for money on PRIVATE PROPERTY is another thing. If Ned Coll wanted to help the crack-ridden homeless woman, by all means go ahead! Not on Tisanes property though where 99% of the people there did not want to be bothered. I’m sorry, but I am sick and tired of hearing about this Ned Coll business, the man was obviously unstable as he was arrested 2 days later for swinging at a cop. I’m support my staff (who by the way. NEVER attacked the man) a hundred percent.

  2. Peter G says:

    Hmm. So it would seem that newspaper journalists are only allowed to write about events if they were actually there and saw it for themselves. Interesting . . .

    But of course the real issue is that people who panhandle are no less entitled to be treated like people than the Tisane clientele. As I said in my post, I don’t like being panhandled while sitting in a restaurant. But I also don’t like people who talk on their cellphones at the next table, people who can’t control their kids in a restaurant, and people who feel the need to shout at each other over dinner. I will wager that if these offenses to my delicate sensibilities occur at Tisane’s (if I were to ever actually go there), the staff will not give the offending party the bum’s rush off of the premises. No, it’s okay to shove a homeless person because….well, he or she is homeless, right? And doesn’t have any money. And therefore can’t make a profit for Tisane. So ergo that person is assault-able.

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