reply to post by opethPA
That is part of the problem..Many or some homeless people aren't asking for or willing to accept help but they are willing to accept the hard
earned money of others
They ain't robbing you dude. Like your employer, the tax man and your bank is. Ignore them, which you probably already do.
Like I said there are many "classes" of what you call homeless.The ones you see, are the ones that are out in the open, panhandling. They have lost
a certain dignity or are addicts. The ones you don't see are out back of the building you work at in your dumpster. They work all day to get a few
dollars from the recyclables you throw away
You can find them there or down at the recycle center. Look for the dudes on bicycles draped with big, full plastic bags. Don't tell me you don't
run across them. I guarantee the next time you go shopping there will be one crossing your path looking in the garbage can outside the store. Thats
the one you give a dollar too.
You will sleep better with a tiny glow in your heart knowing the you made someones life at tiny bit easier. If not, you have become dehumanized.
I knew a guy who used to sleep outdoors, he had all his own gear for camping and travelled around doing machine jobs or mechanic and welding work. He
liked sleeping under the stars. He used to say, "Who's going to take that away from me"?
Lot of People like that I have met. They ride freight trains, hitchhike with truckers, or bike around the country. You never know they are there. They
keep neat and shop in the store standing right behind you in line.
When I lived this way, I had a pickup truck, storage unit, and worked for construction contractors, hauling the scrap they didn't want. I had a pager
and they used to beep me when they had a job. I "worked" for them in that they didn't pay me and I didn't have a clock to punch, just an agreement
to remove certain "garbage" from their job sites for the money I got for the scrap. Sometimes there were resellable flea market items. I was able to
afford all my expenses and hotel rooms to relax and get cleaned up.
Sometimes I made thousands of dollars a day.
Then I would camp on the delta for a week or two and enjoy the sun and fishing. People are mistaken about what "homelessness" means.
It's not what every one is doing, so its perceived as being lowly. That training began in our youth in school when everyone learned about the troll
under the bridge.