reply to post by k21968
The homeless population is something we have to worry about in our smoking area. We've had homeless people pull knives on people and get agressive --
so the spot keeps getting moved around.
I know exactly the situation you were in, as it happens to myself all the time.
I've started keeping an empty pack at my desk, and putting just one cigarette in it when I go outside. This way, I can show them my empty pack and I
don't feel so bad.
I've had one guy talk my ear off about how he was an air-force special ops guy that used to do high-altitude jumps. He said the military gave him a
"utility belt like batman with all kinds of drugs in it...and an IV with a push button to get high as your falling out of the sky" .... Or something
I've seen homeless people snatch cigarettes out of people's hands too. The homeless are definatley getting more agressive these past few years. They
are also getting more desperate. They are now picking out the cigarette butts, taking out the left over tobacco and rolling new cigarettes.
I now carry pepper spray on my keychain just in case one gets agressive when I tell them, "No." Half the time they are drunk, usually on hairspray or
listerine (yes, bums drink hairspray).
They make a pink keychain pepper spray dealie, I got one for my girl. I got the same one in black. Not to spendy either -- I got mine off Amazon.
Edit to add:
I usually just ignore them and avoid making eye contact. I'll pull out my phone and look down at it. If they keep speaking to me, I'll say something
like, "I don't speak homeless"
Okay, no .... I was joking. I'll usually just tell them, "No, sorry" and go back to my phone. I wish I could tell them that I don't speak homeless
though. I want to live and not be raped by a homeless guy behind the bushes.
They are sort of like ferral dogs/cats. You might want to help them, but you can never trust them. They are extremely unpredictable. I just try and
avoid them like I would a stray dog or cat.
edit on 9-11-2012 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)