Street people who for years have depended on the McDonald’s to eat say it’s become a de facto sit/lie ordinance. But the franchise owner says she’s just trying to make a little extra money.

It’s a fight over 50 cents, plus tax…

Still, people like Newhart, who moved from Tennessee to the streets of San Francisco five years ago, say they are often hungrier than usual.

“Yeah man, it … sucks,” he said Thursday while sitting foodless on the McDonald’s patio with a half dozen hungry friends. “I eat less. I have to get more money. If I don’t have a dollar and I want food, I just end up going to a trash can.”