Police Arrest Burbank Man Previously Cited For Feeding Pigeons Near Airport

BURBANK (CBS) — A Burbank man repeatedly warned about feeding pigeons near Bob Hope Airport could face charges for violating a court order.

Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick says 59-year-old Charles Douglas was arrested about 10 a.m. Friday at his job in the 3000 block of North Hollywood Way.

“Douglas had continued to disperse bird seed in an alley and in parking areas near the Bob Hope Airport despite repeated warnings and citation,” Kendrick said.

According to police, Douglas had been cited and warned since September. Douglas, however, insists that he stopped feeding his winged friends after the city took him to court last December.

“I stopped when the judge said to stop feeding for one year any type of bird,” Douglas told Joy Benedict, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9.

Birds that get sucked into jet engines can cause catastrophic damage to the turbines.

“It is very important to address situations like this, as there has been a significant increase in incidents of these air strikes in the last few months,” Victor Gill of the airport said.

Southwest Airlines reported several bird strikes at Bob Hope Airport recently.

Douglas, a business owner, was arrested under a municipal code that prevents anyone from creating any sort of nuisance. Feeding birds in the city of Burbank, however, is not illegal.

He has since posted a $5,000 bond.

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  1. The Truth says:

    Burbank pigs really have nothing better to do.

    1. Take Another Look In The Mirror says:

      Obviously, you are too ignorant to understand why this is a danger. Yes, I’m sure the man is harmless, and his only intention is to feed the birds. Just like the article states, however, a bird getting caught in an engine can cause a plane to go down. That involves human lives, and that comes first. Either you don’t care or you have the inability to recognize cause and effect.

      You really want the truth? You are not it.

      1. Brian Andres says:

        Yea, and this one-in-a-million chance (which occurs 99.9% of the time in the air, NOT near the airport) is really the highest priority blip on the cop’s radar, right? Gimme a break..I love how our tax dollars pay these idiots’ salaries. Oh well, guess it’s this or harassing people for not coming to a “complete stop” in the dead of night.

        Meanwhile, rapes, murders, etc….

      2. CHUCK QUON says:

        YES BRIAN :BURBANK: IS THE CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! I AM ALWAYS READING THE “DARWIN” AWARDS ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNIQUES AND SOLUTIONS TO MORONIC ISSUES…SAY WHAT BIRDSEED IS AN ILLEGAL WEAPON?

    2. life says:

      Hundreds can be killed instantaneously with just a few birds.

      1. CHUCK QUON says:

        THAT’S LIFE…DUMMY! EATING TURKEY OR HAMBURGER CAN BE FATAL KILLING HUNDREDS! “life.”

    3. Jeezus says:

      the man was cited before and had repeated warnings and still continued to do it…end of story. tax dollars at work. blame the system not not the cops.

  2. Ed Barreto says:

    No kidding, you should see them hovering around schools during the first week of school. They ticket parents for lingering around in the drop off zones. I feel “so much safer” knowing 4 of Burbank’s finest are there instead of patrolling the border zones next to North Hollywood. They need to keep the riff raff from NoHo out of Burbank.

    1. Ed Barreto says:

      I forgot to mention, that’s only at one elementary school. If you consider the same amount of cops at all the elementary schools in Burbank, who is patrolling the city between 8 to 9 am?

      1. The Dude says:

        I guess you never fly anywhere? You are stupid if you don’t see the significance of keeping these birds cleared from the airport……idiot.

      2. Idiot says:

        You sir are a total idiot. Just in case you were not aware.

      3. Ed Barreto is a TOTAL idiot says:

        I also guarantee that you are way too stupid to have a job that would ever produce enough money for you to afford a plane ticket. Holy s&$& you are an idiot.

      4. CHUCK QUON says:

        IDIOT, THE DUDE ARE CRUDE AND MISSING THE POINT! THIS IS ABOUT THE BURBANK POLICE DEPT. ENFORCING LAW! EVEN IF YOU HAVE BE A NORMAL PERSON WHO JUST FEEDS BIRDS. THAT “JUST” HAPPENS TO BE NEAR AN AIRPORT. THAT PRACTICE IS DANGEROUS TOO MANY!

    2. Take Another Look In The Mirror says:

      You missed the point of the article as well.

      1. Ed Barreto says:

        The Dude, before you go calling people names, why don’t you review the facts. What kind of birds bring down planes? It’s sea gulls and geese. You don’t see those kinds of birds in Burbank, you might see them at LAX though. This guy was feeding pigeons on Hollywood Way, near San Fernando Rd, which is no way near the flight paths. I doubt he was attracting hundreds of pigeons, as that would pose a problem. Pigeons are low flying birds and this guy was feeding them in an alley, not near the airport fence lines. My whole point is the over reaction of the Burbank Police. They will look for all the BS tickets that the Vehicle Code permits, instead of actively patrolling well known speeding areas. Raise the guy’s fine to $10,000 and you’ll get him to stop. Yes i do fly out of Burbank all the time. The article states that there are more bird impacts recently, are they all due to this guy? i doubt it. You’re either a Burbank cop or a true f%&*ing idiot.

  3. EverydayGuy says:

    Pigeons are rats with wings.

  4. Vernon Laux says:

    Guess no one has the intelligence to see a willful terrorist act even if it is right in front of their face.

  5. Ript says:

    This type of crime is completely unacceptable in the world today!

    1. cindy says:

      Which crime is that? the crime that these birds actually teach some people how to walk ha ha ha(just alittle NY humor) IUKWIM

  6. cindy says:

    OMG!!! Arent there enough donut shops in burbank? these cops are something else. Please find them something to do. This man is hardly a threat to society I just cant beleive how much time and effort is wasted on the small things. in that time they spent with this man there could of been a life that could of been saved. Burbank needs to be leveled and restarted.

    1. Smokey says:

      Cindy,

      see my response below about bird strikes. Small general aviation aircraft also fly out of Burbanks and , yes a pigeon strike CAN bring down a small aircraft. Hit at the right speed even a small bird can crash through the windshield and incapacitate the pilot, leading to a crash. Ignorance of this subject makes you look foolish.

      1. cindy says:

        Sounds to me like you have a problem. Birds a put here for a reason (who knows what that is, unless you are god) so I say, find another airport. birds were here first.

      2. Jeezus says:

        the reason they’re put THERE is because someone was feeding them THERE. The cops dont go around murdering pigeons, but if you just simply dont feed them they dont come around. Like in restaurants, and in your home and everywhere, you dont go around feeding birds unless you want them around there. It’s like kicking you out of your house, or off this earth, because you’re taking up the space of the dirt and rubble that was there before you. You’re clogging the air, which was there before you and so you must leave the air alone and stop breathing it. You’re a real cindy, cindy.

      3. cindy says:

        and?…….. whats a real Cindy? Cindy

  7. Smokey says:

    El Barreto….as a pilot who has flown out of Burbank and numerous other airports, truthfully a pigeon can bring down an aircraft. There are numerous sizes and types of planes and bird strikes are a very serious hazard. The suspect in this case was warned by a judge…don’t blame the police. You must be the type of person who when caught violating traffic laws would blame others. Those who do wrong need to take responsibility for thier actions and not blame others or the police.

  8. Rabbi Willie Wonkaberg says:

    he is trying to cause a plan crash lock him up
    how stupid he wants those birds to get caught in an engine
    i hope the next time he goes out there a flock of dogs attack him
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com

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