As Twitchy reported, photos of spikes on sidewalks and ledges to deter the homeless from sleeping there caused a huge public backlash, with U.K. citizens calling the people behind the installations “disgusting” and “inhumane psychopaths.”
Other photos of “activists” pouring concrete over the spikes surfaced on Twitter days later, and today they show U.K. supermarket Tesco uninstalling the spikes entirely — a move journalist Ian Fraser attributed to “the power of Twitter.”
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) June 13, 2014
@Ian_Fraser Facebook thought it had this one covered, I remember the first photos posted and then the twitter storm. Power of Twitter, yes.
— Sharon (@pastirka) June 13, 2014
@Ian_Fraser The problem with twitter – self congratulation over outrage at symptom & very little action on addressing the causal issue.
— lucas (@moonlitfox) June 13, 2014
— Woolhatwoman (@woolhatwoman) June 13, 2014
— Oli (@devonoli) June 13, 2014
So, is the customary boycott off or on?
— alan cocks (@candtalan) June 13, 2014
— Mary Connolly (@MaryTCon) June 13, 2014
Tesco removes spike in doorways as "homeless people should not be treated like pigeons". How to solve this issue? http://t.co/yGpLF5HeSz
— BlairCurrie (@BlairCurrie) June 13, 2014
Feel very strongly about this spike business! ! Tesco finally take theirs away … lets hope others do the same… pic.twitter.com/270icXcQ7O
— Shabba (@shabbershaw) June 12, 2014
— Dr Mike Ward (@Schroedinger99) June 13, 2014