There is an old adage that says, "The test of a society is how it treats its elderly." I think that's valid, but I'd like to add an addendum: "And how it designs its furniture."
All humans hate airport chairs with their built-in and immovable armrests, which makes reclining (and comfort) impossible when your flight is delayed for 6 hours.
But there is a more sinister side. In public places, benches are also designed with this back-paining center metal rod in between the seats, that makes reclining or lying down impossible.
First off, outside of airplanes and movie theaters, do we really need armrests? And second, all the benches outside the Arlington Public Library have these separation, which makes it a bitch for homeless people to lie down. Since libraries are a key homeless destination, the benches are obviously intentional, and intentionally rude. It's not like homeless people have a lot going their way already, but now you take away their ability to lie horizontally?
What's next - a gravity tax?