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Canada’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March, but that was only because fewer people were looking for work, according to a Statistics Canada report released Friday.
“They’re pulling out. They’re saying it’s not worth it, and that’s not a good sign,” said Bethune.
I'm not denying they don't do booze and drugs. I know they do. Heck, I offered a guy a banana that was panhandling (this is a few years after my journey) and he was blunt about it. I told him I had bee in a similar situation. He said he made enough money and all he cared about was the liquor and he was going to be moving to another city soon. I felt kind of angry about it, but at the same time I know nothing about this guy and his version of comfort could mean holding onto his bottle of liquor and doing what he knows works for him. But you know he's going to die young if he keeps doing it. The average lifespan of homeless people is 50. They really don't have anything to fall on when something goes bad. I want to get angry at them, but I can't. They're people that might have once been happy or even successful (yes, this happens... i know it does). Some of them have found god at the churches. There was one guy that was determined to convert me to christ but I told him I had alreayd been through that. I liked him, though. There's hope on the streets for people but it comes so slow and answers for them are not the same answers that apply to people who have security and comfort living with family or on their own. You have to really approach homeless people differently if you want to hope to help them.
Originally posted by marsend
reply to post by jonnywhite
You are right, experience is a great teacher.
Originally posted by austingoeshard
reply to post by onehuman
yea man homeless people are generally insane assholes.
I know a girl that gave a homeless man some McDonald's coffee and hashbrowns and he threw the coffee on the girl and said, "I WANT MONEY B*TCH"
she was like seven too
Are you kidding. $20 of oatmeal is half of the number of calories you need in an ENTIRE month. And a lot of them eat garbage food like bread and old junk food. They rarely eat vegetables or perishables because food bankers and churches and shelters don't carry it as much. Sometimes shelters will get vegetables but in the one I was staying in they stopped moving them and just put them in dumpsters instead to save money. Basically, oatmeal is a much better alternative than bread in the grains group. But bread is a lot tastier, easier to eat, and popular.
Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
reply to post by onehuman
He is probably thinking ipod mentality etc. with 20 bucks you can buy a lot of food on the taco bell dollar menu. You wont be able to buy at the ritz carlton, but you will have some food. Heck buy lots of ramen. I had to eat like that at one point. You can live off of 20 bucks food a day easily.
Originally posted by Frankenchrist
Originally posted by onehuman
Now I have to be honest How can someone be hungry with that kind of money?
Ummm ? How about drugs? Lazy perhaps. Heck, that guy makes more an hour than the average American citizen.
Screw those people.
So for a petty crime that is nonviolent, you advocate attempted murder??
Originally posted by kalunom
I was in a truck stop parking lot once near an interstate, sitting in my vehicle. A man pulled up in a newer, nothing fancy, but nice car. He parked, got out, was dressed nicely, business casual. He went to his trunk, opened it, pulled out some dirty, ratty, overalls and put them on over his clothes, also a dirty stocking cap...and, of course, a cardboard sign. He then went walking over to the interstate exit ramp.
It's a great way to make some extra money, especially on a Sunday afternoon. Personally I wanted to go and have a vehicle/pedestrian 'accident' over on the exit ramp...
Some of these folks aren't homeless and needy, is my point. The real homeless know where the soup kitchens and shelters are. You only need cash for alcohol and drugs.