Not 100% true.
I used to be homeless for about 2 months back almost two years ago.
I can categorize a lot of them because i have actually did some moronic thing called talking to them.
One of them did abuse drugs, but used to be a united airlines flight attendant. He was first discovered to be homeless in a hotel near Chicago's
airport. He went with his brother for a few months but his drug addiction started while ue had lots of money. But it was too big for him to quit. He
now cant get a job because of his physical state. Overweight, and too used to pushing a cart around an airplane. Would you hire a fkight attendant,
who was constantly shipped around the planet every day, who never had a family? The same type of person who cant even remember what you ordered on the
damn plane anyway?
Another one who looked like a god damn thug, skinny as #. Addicted to weed, and thinking the government screwed him over gave me some papers. These
papers outlined improper tax filings. The federal government siezed his property. For 3 years i saw records of a few hundred dollars one month, 75 in
another month being underpaid to the government. He swore they were doing illegal # to him but i went to the library, looked up the citations outlined
in this cities statutes and what they did was in fact 100% legal.
Another person i met was a war vet. Hell bent on thinking everyone around him owed money to him. Because he risked his life, fighting for our country.
So i asked him what he did with all the money he was given.... i had to hear it from other people what he did with his money he received for fighting
for this country.... he pretty much spent it all within 1 month on a bunch of blow and pussy. Yup.... he thought he had enough money to keep things
going but.... he, just like every other homeless vet i personally have come across have very similar stories. I know plenty of veterans who are
successful. One of them owns half the shares for yum corp. (Taco bell, kfc, pizza hut.) But every homeless veteran i have ever come into contact with
has the same old story of how horrifying war is.... but can't tell me what they did with their money. Intead they try to make you feel like you owe
them every thing.
But.... not all homeless people were hopeless. One kid didn't talk to anyone. He was in the bed right next to me. One night his mother called at 3 am.
Only because she couldn't call before. The conversation bits i picked up were her appologizing a lot. And that she wishes she could help him after he
ran away but she has no money to send him back on a bus. But whag i could sense from the kid was... well.... resentment. He didn't like talking to
Another kid who had a cave made out of clothes was talking about how he got hired onto wolf camera. He passed a certain test for him to join their
call center. He was hired the next day. He left the homeless shelter. He was busy working construction as well.
Then the other homeless people i ran into did some odd jobs. Picking up weeds. Washing cars at coin ops. And a few of them worked at casinos. They
like being homeless because they can spend their money on more #, and not have to worry about rent at all. They know several safe houses all about
this town where they can go to sleep. They don't stick around the homeless shelters. But this is by strict invitation only. I got invited simply
because i wasn't a "bad one."
The house i slept in the guy was still pretty paranoid about me... i guess i have that look. But after the first two nights i got used to how he was.
He couldn't get mad at me because of how little i walked around with. I kept everything valuable in storage. I had just enough to pay for 3 months of
storage fees. Everything i needed sat near my longly awaited job.
After some help from my mom i got out of homelessness. But i still run into a few of them occasionally.
If you want to give money to the homeless, judge their appearance. If they look like someone you could hire for a job give them money. If they have a
bad attitude, they smell, or they are carrying everything with them i say give them food. Not money. Buy them a cheap sandwhich, or a quick burrito
from the gas station. If they don't eat the food and get mad at you... never acknowledge them again.
I know several homeless people, and have been around enough of them here to know what to look for before i give them anything.
And the ones who have more than one backpack? Those are thieves. At least petty thieves.
I only give money to any homeless person who is keeping up their appearance.
You can lash out at me for saying this all at once. I don't care. I became homeless for 2 months. I hung around enough of them to know what to expect
from each and every one of them.
The ones who look like # let themselves stay that way. They have access to showers. They have access to laundromats. Free laundromats as well.
Homeless shelters have computer rooms. They have storage rooms in my state. They keep things secure. So the next time you see a homeless person with a
sign... look for a bag. That immediately tells me they like having no house to sleep in. And what they are doing with their money is spending it on
their own entertainment.
Backlash at me all you want, but a backpack means they really don't care about a place to sleep. They will continue to look trashy, and get free
Two months before i became homeless i saved up 400 dollars. My sign read this:
"I don't want your money, i need a job. While food is greatly accepted, i'd rather be working."
On the back side i wrote in big bold letters:
"Will you hire me?"
People kept trying to give me money every so often. I would shake my head and point on my sign what it said. Outlining with my fingers the very first
#ing sentence. I don't want your money. I need a job.
I received several business cards for maintenance work. I called them up but.... none of them answered, or returned my calls. I tried each card three
times in a row, three days in a row... no answer. One of the cards was for a pyramid scheme. I laughed as i threw that one into the wind.
But as soon as i got some food, i would switch to the back side of the sign and i held it up for every car passing by. I got a few looks, but i didn't
get on tv. But i do believe that two years later my town finally grew some balls and started picking up some homeless people to pay them for odd jobs
around the city.
I almost forgot to mention that i did end up getting an 80 dollar odd job. I cleaned out somesones back yard filled with weeds, a torn up couch, and
dog #. 80 dollars.
I didn't encourage anyone to go and do this themselves because it took me two days to clean that yard, hut i wanted to keep it a secret.
But now that i have regular work at a sandwhich shop... i might as well share this with you.
Hire a homeless person to clean your yard. But... keep your house locked. Or... at least keep an eye on them. Most of the drug, and alcohol addicted
homeless people will not want to do any real work. They just want free money. It is the ones willing to work that you should give money to.