a reply to: Martin75
Was there not a shelter you could have walked to? Why should they have come to you?
Miles away downtown. Have to line up early in the day (like noon) to get in. It cost 11 dollars a night. They open at five. Once you're in you can't
go in and out. You sleep on cots in an open dorm. You get athletes foot from the shower, people rifle your stuff, paw you in your sleep. Colds and
viruses are rampant. They throw you out at 7 am.
No thanks. Id rather sleep under the stars, (or a bridge). People have no clue what 'shelters' are like. But been told its 'better'. Yah, right. Try
it and get back to me.
As far as "people helping" I was addressing the poster who said 'people' would help the homeless and take them in... lol. Go find one and bring them
home, let them sleep on your couch, use your shower, watch TV, eat your food.
At best 'people' usually
ignore the homeless, which bridge denizens hope for. Societies help doesn't help. You want to help them, leave them
alone. Quit chasing them around and trying to fix them, put them in 'shelters' . They aren't asking for help. I didn't. I earned my daily living
dumpster diving, recycling, flea markets, odd jobs.
I didn't pan handle or beg, I would refuse if someone tried to hand me money. I didn't need it. There were alternatives to 'city shelters'. Churches,
The YMCa, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities. Only one step up from shelters. Also oppressive and imposing.
I never stayed at any of these, didn't need to. Heard enough horror stories. The worst stories stem from how cops treated people, especially blacks
and Latinos. Sicking dogs on people in bushes, refusing medical treatment, interdicting 911 emergency response, refusing to send ambulances, etc. City
cleanup campaigns stealing all your stuff and forcing you onto the street, citing for trespassing, blah blah. Thats their real 'help'.
People that stayed under the bridges looked out for each other, helped each other defended each other, didn't ask for help , didn't need it.
Each of them had their niche, some were veterans, some were drunks, addicts or a 'little' nuts, some were just living an alternative lifestyle like
hobos used to, traveling the rails from community to community, state to state.
Some were the best people I ever met.
Take civilization and shove it.
You been watching too many news reports about 'homeless', too much twisted stigma, like everything else in the main stream media.