The giving spirit hasn't exactly touched San Francisco's mid-Market beat cops, who handed Larry "Bucket Man" Hunt a $460 ticket a few weeks ago while he was banging a drum kit outside the Old Navy on Market and Fourth Streets — something he's done for years. "People are saying it's too much noise," Hunt says, vowing to sue the SFPD for harassment as soon as he settles the ticket. A 22-year veteran of the Bay Area busking scene, he believes he's been persecuted. "They've got all that noise right across the street," he says of his perch at Old Navy. On many days, Hunt's drumming is actually upstaged by the cacophony emanating from a Central Subway construction site across the street. ("All those jackhammers," he scoffs.) But Hunt's legal troubles won't end any time soon. At a Dec. 23 court date, he was ordered to pay $115 by the end of the year or risk a 90-day jail sentence. Those who wish to help him pay the fines can wander down to the corner by the Old Navy, where Hunt will likely be performing his usual medley of funk tunes and singing with abandon. He'll have a donation jar in tow.
Who Tossed the Puppy?
San Francisco animal authorities are trying to figure out how an injured 10-week-old puppy ended up in a Recology truck and was left in a heap of garbage at the city dump. According to Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the city's Animal Care & Control, the apricot poodle named Gem had been unloaded from a collection truck with mounds of trash; Recology workers found the dog on the conveyer belt with bottles, cans, and other recyclables. The pup was conscious and alert, but badly injured. "Gem has what appear to be numerous bite marks around her neck, head, and ears, lameness in her hind legs, and discharge from her eyes and ears," Campbell says. "Veterinary staff believes she sustained most of her injuries before ending up at the recycling center." Animal Control officers are hoping to find out who Gem belongs to, how she ended up on a Recology truck, and whether any individual is responsible for her condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Care & Control at 554-9400.