posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 02:13 AM
The people being foreclosed on in the U.S. are not the people you see living in the homeless camps - so lets get that straight. It's not that bad,
From my perspective the homeless population is a mix of alcoholics, drug addicts - many of whom are mentally ill or socially inept. Of course there is
another class of youngsters, who come from families that are sometimes bad, or they just wouldn't get with the program for various reasons already
mentioned. Many of the youngsters are plenty smart, but they have low self esteem & other mental issues that can easily be solved if they had
In Seattle just a few hours south of the video scene, they don't let them stay in parks at all. Lately they give them a 72 hour notice then they come
in much more heavily handed than we see in this video. In the past they tossed all their bedding, clothing, tents and other gear in the trash. So, not
only were these people homeless with no money but now they couldn't even get a fractional moment of comfort, because all they owned is confiscated
I would say the Canadians are pretty tolerant by letting them setup a tent from 9PM to 7AM. Yes, that's allot of work to break down camp everyday by
7Am, but at least the cops aren't coming in at 3AM and tearing down their tents. I'm thinking 7AM is to get the placed cleaned up so the tourist
keep coming and maybe incentive to get out of bed and work at something besides laying on their butts all day, panhandling and running whatever game
One of my homeless encounters. Lets call it "Taxi Ride".
On one occasion I finished a day of work in Portland Oregon and was driving back towards home 20 minutes north of Seattle, about a 3 1/2 hour drive
depending on traffic. I stopped for take out food right across the border and then I decided stop at a rest stop to eat because the food wasn't being
freeway friendly. I saw a couple homeless kids with a backpack with a sign for a ride to Seattle. It's about a 3 hour trip and I let them in my truck
and I noticed they were hungry so I shared my food with them. Anyway they were kind of stinky so I had to keep the window down and I talked with them
quite a bit and they just seemed like rebels who traveled around and stopped in cities where they had relatives they could restock clothing and maybe
a few supplies until they wore out their welcome.
They told me they hadn't eaten in a few days and they enjoyed my food. I could tell they were at least part time dopers so I didn't want to give
them too much money, but I decided to give them I think it was about 28 bucks - the amount of cash I had in my wallet.
As I was approaching Seattle I informed them they I would drop them off at any Freeway exit where I could get back on shortly because I was finishing
up about a 14 hour day including driving, besides I didn't want to have to fill up with gas again before getting home. It was decided the closest
they could get from where they wanted to be was at the bottom of capitol hill. It was maybe a 25 minute walk up hill. The girl then said - oh I'm
not walking up that hill I'll just get a cab.
Here I gave them the rest of my cash so they could eat a decent meal, but instead they're going to take a cab. That really burned my butt.
Okay - I'm not saying they're all like that and I do continue to help them when I can. That's just they way it is though. It's an uphill
[edit on 21-10-2008 by verylowfrequency]