Were I work there is a large population of homeless. The other day a customer said that the parking garage has people living in it. I said yes it happens and shrugged it off. She looked at me like I was an evil cold blooded person. She said but it's so sad... I said not really . When you work in close proximity to them you will see through the act. And not all are acting but honestly I think it's a choice there was one " resident" who told us I'm tired of this life I need to stop drinking and drugs and get my life together. We all have heard that before. Then he walks up and almost didn't reconise him! Looks great has a job , car, apartment , he is doing great. Now what he did is extraordinary but not impossable. We run pan handlers off daily. They try to bathe in out restroom. It's a problem. And then there are the ones who talk to them selves yell random things and be obnoxious. And the miracle is when law enforcement have to talk to them. They are perfectly normal and well aware of reality when reality means jail. There are some whom we know well and well are " mentally Ill" and surprisingly these are the ones whom we put more trust in and actually care for. The others can bugger off. It's just sad that unless you have had real expirence with them people feel too sorry for them and they take advantage. If you google Kelly Thomas ... I knew him sort of. He had problems. It's people like Kelly who need the help. Kelly was one of our residents until well I will let Wikipedia give you the story on that. It is so hard to judge who really needs the help. Honestly we use the measure of... If they aren't asking for help it's them who is in need of help. The ones asking .. Drive better cars than we do.
Post Edited (Pain$herlock) : 3/6/2015 11:52:03 AM (GMT-7)