GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - Some businesses say they are seeing a loss in sales because the day labor traffic is slowly disappearing. 11Alive News spent the day talking to police and day laborers to get both sides of the story.
Driving near Singleton and Oakbrook in Gwinnett County, it is hard to miss day laborers. But some workers tell us they believe there's an effort by police to push them out under the loitering ordinance.
All were afraid to discuss the matter on camera.
Neal Smith owns a landscaping company. He says he has seen this first hand.
"As you can see, there's a police officer parked in the corner right now," Smith said.
Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michelle Pihara says there is absolutely no initiative by police to manage day laborers in the county.
"If we're talking about a convenience store, or a gas station or a strip mall, we (the Gwinnett County Police Department) don't have the authority to evict someone from the property without the employee's or the staff member's permission," Pihara said.
She says one problem that could be adding to the confusion is that some business owners will allow workers to camp out one day, but then call the police the next day without any sort of warning to the workers.
Police say that since they do not have jurisdiction on private property, they will only respond when they are called.
They also make the owner who called for assistance give a trespass warning form to those they are complaining about, making it clear that police are not targeting anyone.
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