reply to post by The X
I am not going to walk away from my life, but what I have done is try to assist those in need! My opinions come from direct experience! Yours seem
to come from watching Lifetime movies!!
Here is the story I have alluded to a couple of times:
I used to run a Family Entertainment Center (dance, mini-golf, go karts, etc.), and I had a construction company. Behind the dance club were railroad
tracks and within a mile or two each direction were homeless people camps. We allowed them to take our extra construction supplies, use our rear
water outlet for fresh water, and we offered left over food at the end of the night. We did not realize how dangerous this was. One night while
cleaning up and working, my mother's purse was grabbed and stolen. A little upsetting, but no biggie. A couple of weeks later, my dog went missing.
I found her decapitated and about to be butchered, by one of the guys we saw daily. We had been providing food and water to him, and he was aware it
was my dog!
We went a little nuts and began ransacking his camp. We found a lot of very disturbing stuff, dozens of purses (including my mothers), and other
things like children's clothes and stuff from teen girl's purses!
So, we called the police. But, we also started a program to help or remove these people before one of the teenagers that walked the tracks got
We found general labor type work that would accept these men, we found them cottages to stay in, and found missions and churches that would help them
clean up and get work clothes. My bouncers and I took a 4 mile walk every afternoon down the tracks. We gave everyone the choice of getting help or
getting out, but they weren't going to stay there. (I had friends on the police force that worked for me part-time, and they kept us out of
Over a 3 month period, most of the people just wandered off. About 20 or 25 took our job offers, but usually quit during the first day. ONE guy
actually kept the job, eventually bought a little travel trailer, and started doing well in travelling construction. Two guys began stealing
equipment and were arrested. Two other guys turned out to be very violent and were also arrested.
Since then, I am still in contact with some large farms and some construction companies. They hire migrant workers and homeless people. They provide
money and shelter in return for work. I try to get the word to the people that need a break.
Worst experience: One guy (the one who killed my dog and started the whole thing) turned out to be a murderer that had been released from a 25 yr
sentence in Leavenworth, KS prison. He had ridden the tracks and settled behind our location. He attacked me during one of our sweeps, got beat down
and arrested, but he came back. After one or two arrests, the police stopped arresting him!! So, we had to get more violent to run him off. It was
temporarily successful, but then one night he harrassed a group of teen girls, and they came to us very scared! The police arrested him, and then
released him on Monday morning. Luckily, he happened to jump in front of a delivery truck driven by a friend of mine!
He didn't come back
anymore after that!
SO, I speak from direct involvement. I will never deny someone food. When I am approached by a homeless person, I always offer to buy food. Maybe
they are like some of the people here, and they have a real problem. About 10% of the time, they are grateful and they have a nice meal, sometimes I
even offer a ride after they eat. About 90% of the time, they make excuses about why only cash will help them! I have even bought beer for a guy
holding a sign that said, "I'm not gonna lie, I want beer." I by poetry from a guy outside one of my normal shopping spots. He hands it to you as
you go in, you read it, and if you like it, you give him a couple bucks on the way out. I commend him for that.
But, I refuse to be cornered or harrassed by these people, and if they are aggressive, I take it upon myself to have them arrested or teach them a
lesson. One guy tried to intimidate me and corner me by my truck once. I reached in his pockets took all his money and threw it in the busy street!
Another one called my wife a beech when she told him no, he followed her to the car. I invited him over to my window, offered some cash, pulled him
in the window, rolled it up and joy rode around the parking lot a time or two!
I have a lot of compassion for people down on their luck. I believe everyone deserves an opportunity to help themselves. I will never let someone
starve, and I do have a vast network of people that can and will assist someone with a true need. The flipside is do not doublecross me, do not try
to intimidate, lie, or harrass me or my family. Fair is fair. Human or Animal? They can go either way, and so can I!
[edit on 29-7-2009 by getreadyalready]