The Home Depot corporate office is aware of the complaints about litter and day laborers in the parking lot at the store on Little River Turnpike in Annandale, company spokesperson Stephen Homes told the Annandale Blog.
“We’re making some real progress on this,” Holmes says. “The food trucks, although not on our property, have left due to the fact that they were not permitted. That will also help with the trash issue. We’re also working with local police on a process to address the day laborers.”
Up to now, officials at the store, at 6555 Little River, said they couldn’t do much about those problems because Home Depot doesn’t own the parking lot. Fairfax County property records list the owners of 6555 Little River Turnpike as “Three W Inc., Lindsay Foods, and T and C Foods Inc.”
|The Home Depot parking lot, facing Braddock Road.|
“Like most businesses we have a policy of non-solicitation at our stores, which would cover people soliciting for work or loitering,” Holmes said.
According to Fairfax County spokesperson Brian Worthy, people are allowed to congregate on public areas, such as sidewalks, “as long as they are not obstructing traffic,” and that includes people looking for jobs. Private property is another matter. In that case, the owner can ask people standing around to leave, he says.
While the county prohibits “loitering,” Worthy says the term is narrowly defined, and he notes the Supreme Court has ruled that loitering is not illegal.
And just because a property owner puts up a sign like the one at Home Deport stating “No loitering, police enforced,” Worthy says, “that doesn’t mean the police are involved in this.”