Loitering is defined as “to remain in an area for no obvious reason” (Webster).
We know how loitering is interpreted. It is taken as ‘hanging out in a store without buying anything’ or ‘standing in front of a gas station looking sketchy’. If one is loitering criminality is suspected. Many police departments have stepped up their loitering laws in an effort to stop crime before it happens. The flip side is: dirty looking people get harassed for no reason.
In my heart of hearts I believe citizens should be able to stand where they want as long as they want if they aren’t harming anyone. I can understand a “get out we’re closing” but I can’t get down with a “get out you aren’t buying anything”. Still a business is the business owner’s property. The business owner has the right to refuse a person service or tell them to get the fuck out. But what about public land? What about street corners and parks? I say let the bastards waste all the time they want in those places.