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(KITV.com)   Homeless woman's smell is so bad, bus company moves the bus stop   (kitv.com) divider line 226
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2011-07-15 07:40:59 AM
I feel their pain. I asked security at my company to look into getting rid of the homeless guy who sleeps outside our building because I don't want to get another whiff of him. I wish he would move around the block.

But the crazy dude with the long beard and magic spells can stay.
 
2011-07-15 10:44:48 AM
Might be a medical condition.

Years back when I was working at a pizza shop, an elderly lady came in and sat down at one of the tables, she said she was waiting for someone to pick her up.

She smelled worse than ANYTHING I have ever smelled before. It was unimaginable. It radiated out and filled the entire store. It was beyond no-bathing, there was probably gangrene or something going on.
 
2011-07-15 10:49:37 AM
At some point, you just drive a truck full of soapy water over with a hose on it.....
 
2011-07-15 10:49:51 AM
Is there no end to this scourge of poor people ruining it for the rest of us?

/vote republican
 
2011-07-15 10:49:52 AM
Give NOT being homeless a try!
 
2011-07-15 10:50:54 AM
shocked this was in Honolulu, not San Francisco
 
2011-07-15 10:51:13 AM
Have they considered giving her a bath?
 
2011-07-15 10:51:24 AM
I knew this must have been Honolulu before I even clicked the link. I have been there many times and homeless people actually live in the bus shelters. They have their shopping carts and all the belongings in there and have taken them over and the city and police say this is fine. If you are alone on a quiet street and want to wait for a bus it's quite scary to have to basically move into this homeless person's apartment to wait for it. They might get all stabby on you.
 
2011-07-15 10:51:28 AM
www.oocities.org

"To our neighbors!: Sure they may be black, handicapped, and a heartless sex hound, but if they moved out...some smelly hawaiians might move in.
Here Here!"
 
2011-07-15 10:52:05 AM
Homeless and mentally disabled? I bet she's an Obama voter.


/I suck at trolling
 
2011-07-15 10:52:38 AM
Hmm, so rather than give the homeless woman a bath, a change of clothes and the appropriate self care she needs, they just move the bus stop so it doesn't bother them as much?

Compassion fail.
 
2011-07-15 10:53:00 AM
FTFA:
"While the smell sometimes is a bit much, I don't understand why someone doesn't help her," said Elena Renehan, who's a student at nearby Heald College.


I mean, not me...somebody else. Somebody ELSE needs to do something.
 
2011-07-15 10:53:20 AM

AnthraxRipple: Might be a medical condition.


I agree. (and she's homeless, she's not offending people on purpose. she does need medical attention, not disgust.)
 
2011-07-15 10:53:54 AM
Occasionally I have to come in contact with M.I.T. students, there was one today that smelled like a ripe cheese that was left out in the sun, set on fire and then put out with sewer water.
 
2011-07-15 10:54:12 AM

nmiguy: Hmm, so rather than give the homeless woman a bath, a change of clothes and the appropriate self care she needs, they just move the bus stop so it doesn't bother them as much?

Compassion fail.


How do you know she wants help?
 
2011-07-15 10:54:31 AM

Jake Havechek: Occasionally I have to come in contact with M.I.T. students, there was one today that smelled like a ripe cheese that was left out in the sun, set on fire and then put out with sewer water.


Must have been the French exchange student.
 
2011-07-15 10:55:10 AM
Most of the homeless are there because we lack facilities to care for them all.

You want to get rid of the problem? Raise taxes. Bring back the asylums to house these poor people.
 
2011-07-15 10:56:14 AM

DROxINxTHExWIND: nmiguy: Hmm, so rather than give the homeless woman a bath, a change of clothes and the appropriate self care she needs, they just move the bus stop so it doesn't bother them as much?

Compassion fail.

How do you know she wants help?


There's very little you can do to help someone who doesn't want it.
 
2011-07-15 10:56:39 AM

Guntram Shatterhand: Most of the homeless are there because we lack facilities to care for them all.

You want to get rid of the problem? Raise taxes. Bring back the asylums to house these poor people.



Because it worked so well the first time?
 
2011-07-15 10:56:52 AM
2 options:
1. Call a firetruck to hose her down
2. Arrest her - free mandatory shower

I have compassion, and this compassion says that if someone smells that bad, it is hurting their health. At some point "for your own good" and " for the general good" really does trump personal freedom
 
2011-07-15 10:57:03 AM

nmiguy: Hmm, so rather than give the homeless woman a bath, a change of clothes and the appropriate self care she needs, they just move the bus stop so it doesn't bother them as much?

Compassion fail.


You can't force those things on someone. If someone is not bathing for that long it's not because they can't find a place to bathe. There are lots of organizations which will give homeless a place to shower and a bed once in a while. She's most likely mentally ill.
 
2011-07-15 10:57:29 AM
I had a girl in my high school agriculture class that smelled so rank that it was not even funny.
 
2011-07-15 10:57:53 AM

FishyFred: I feel their pain. I asked security at my company to look into getting rid of the homeless guy who sleeps outside our building because I don't want to get another whiff of him. I wish he would move around the block.

But the crazy dude with the long beard and magic spells can stay.


I take it he put on his wizard hat...
 
2011-07-15 10:59:23 AM
but god forbid tax payers agree to pay for a homeless shelter
 
2011-07-15 11:00:32 AM
she could at least go take an occasional dip in the ocean that surrounds her state
 
2011-07-15 11:01:24 AM
I'm just trying to figure out how to respond to this. My emotions are telling me that the woman definitely needs help. In order for her to live like this and smell like this, there must be some strong mental illness going on. It frustrates me and infuriates me to think that many "do no harmers" out there think that this is perfectly fine for the woman as it's "her choice". Perhaps if she were picked up, cleaned up, cared for and provided proper medicine, "her choice" might have her taking better care of herself in the first dang place to begin with!! The idea that so many people deem it as alright because it's her choice just screams wrong in so many gdf ways.
 
2011-07-15 11:01:36 AM
I worked a summer job in a potato packaging plant in Holland with a couple of guys from Morocco. One of them wore the same shirt the entire time. Man, I got a headache within a couple of minutes if they were less than 10 feet away.
 
2011-07-15 11:01:40 AM
So the city temporarily moved the bus stop 60 feet down the street to the area in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken

Oh, much better.
 
2011-07-15 11:03:43 AM

nmiguy: Hmm, so rather than give the homeless woman a bath, a change of clothes and the appropriate self care she needs, they just move the bus stop so it doesn't bother them as much?

Compassion fail.


Well, according to the article...
"She's not all there. Gotta be compassionate, you gotta be nice. Just, if you see her, eh, leave her alone," said Eleazara Jessmon, who was waiting to take a bus home to Aiea.

Being compassionate in Hawaii means leaving her alone.
 
2011-07-15 11:04:16 AM

saomai: In order for her to live like this and smell like this, there must be some strong mental illness going on. It frustrates me and infuriates me to think that many "do no harmers" out there think that this is perfectly fine for the woman as it's "her choice"


Most of us agree. The Supreme Court didn't, so even if you wanted to, you can't.
 
2011-07-15 11:05:04 AM
I love all the people saying give her a bath. Do you want to touch her? If so why not go down there and give it a try, see how well that goes over with a crazy woman who loves in a bus shelter and doesn't bathe her self.

My favorite is the college girl in the article. "Why doesn't some one helper her?!" Why don't you?
 
2011-07-15 11:05:26 AM
At another job, the El Salvadoran day porter, who lived in a house with probably 30 other people, told us he only showered on Sundays, so by Friday, you couldn't be anywhere near the guy without starting to heave and retch.
 
2011-07-15 11:05:48 AM

gregoire4: I worked a summer job in a potato packaging plant in Holland with a couple of guys from Morocco. One of them wore the same shirt the entire time. Man, I got a headache within a couple of minutes if they were less than 10 feet away.



Cool story bro from the 1930s:

My Grandpa was in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and this new guy kept refusing to take a shower. After becoming really ripe, a bunch of them stripped his clothes off, dragged him to a shower, and scrubbed him with soap and a G.I. brush.

/Said that he came out looking like a boiled lobster.
//Guy showered on a daily basis after that.
///Not similar to this news story, obviously.
////But it's amusing to think that if that happened today, you'd have a multi million dollar lawsuit.
 
2011-07-15 11:05:51 AM

d-fens99: Homeless and mentally disabled? I bet she's an Obama voter.


/I suck at trolling


Yes, you do. Keep practicing.
 
2011-07-15 11:06:46 AM

thelordofcheese: So the city temporarily moved the bus stop 60 feet down the street to the area in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken

Oh, much better.


Well it did smell like Long John Silvers before
 
2011-07-15 11:07:13 AM

zabadu: Being compassionate in Hawaii means leaving her alone throwing her into a volcano.


But that's old school Hawaiian compassion.
 
2011-07-15 11:07:23 AM

nmiguy: Compassion fail.


The problem is not the lack of compassion, it is far too much compassion. I am sorry, but when did it become the job of the government (or anyone else) to bathe and clothe us? When I was growing up (many, many moons ago) my Parents taught me there were certain obligations one had to fulfill to be a member of society. One of them was being as light of a burden on others as possible. It was preferable that burden be zero, but if not you damn well better be doing something.

You cannot tell me there is not a single YMCA or YWCA in the entire state that would not let this person avail themselves of the showering facilities and/or give them a full membership gratis. All they need do is ask. But if they can't expend even that trivial effort, then why should we help them at all?

I thought it was hokey the first time I heard it, but maybe there really is wisdom to be found in the creed of the Lone Ranger : God put the firewood there, but every man must gather and light it himself.
 
2011-07-15 11:07:26 AM

saomai: I'm just trying to figure out how to respond to this. My emotions are telling me that the woman definitely needs help. In order for her to live like this and smell like this, there must be some strong mental illness going on. It frustrates me and infuriates me to think that many "do no harmers" out there think that this is perfectly fine for the woman as it's "her choice". Perhaps if she were picked up, cleaned up, cared for and provided proper medicine, "her choice" might have her taking better care of herself in the first dang place to begin with!! The idea that so many people deem it as alright because it's her choice just screams wrong in so many gdf ways.


THIS SO MUCH.
/really, there is no good reason to forgo bathing when you live on a FREAKING island. Water EVERYWHERE.
 
2011-07-15 11:07:57 AM
In 2008, the city installed concrete stools at some bus stops in another attempt to make it difficult for the homeless to set up camp.

Yeah, that looks real comfortable for tourists to sit on a half hour waiting for a bus. Thanks a lot homeless people. Instead of a nice indoor bench out of the elements and with back support I have to sit on a hot concrete stump.

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2011-07-15 11:08:00 AM
www.nydailynews.com
 
2011-07-15 11:10:13 AM

MDGeist: I love all the people saying give her a bath. Do you want to touch her? If so why not go down there and give it a try,


Because it's a damn long walk to Hawaii from east Texas, where I actually did volunteer for many months at a local homeless shelter, despite not agreeing at all with the fact that it was a jesus-y one. And I did volunteer at the evacuee shelters after Katrina and Rita. I'm not a meddling do-gooder, but some things need to be done. Your move.
 
2011-07-15 11:11:34 AM
An obvious observation I made during my first trip to Hawaii:

If you're going to be homeless, this is the place to be.
 
2011-07-15 11:12:44 AM
I live in San Francisco. Stinky homeless people I get. It's the farking hipsters who apparently think they're too cool to shower that break my brain. You clearly have a job. You're dressed in clothes that are ugly but at least aren't falling apart and seem clean. You cram yourself onto mass transit during the commute rush. TAKE A !@##$#% SHOWER! Eventually they'll just reclassify these idiots as hippies. And then maybe we can send the National Guard after them.

/Just kidding.
//Except not really.
 
2011-07-15 11:13:08 AM

SuperMeekrat: THIS SO MUCH.
/really, there is no good reason to forgo bathing when you live on a FREAKING island. Water EVERYWHERE.



Do you really want to be swimming when she's using Waikiki Beach as her personal bathtub?
 
2011-07-15 11:13:45 AM
Bus stop, bus goes, she stay's smell grows.
 
2011-07-15 11:16:22 AM
I'm glad people are already ragging on the college girl who was all "Someone should help her! Just.. not me!" I came to do that, but you guys have it covered.

Of course, the truth is that this sort of situation is incredibly complicated. This brainy girl probably things "helping her" means giving her some soap and a change of clothes. That's obviously not the root of the problem. This woman is mentally ill and probably has a boatload of other problems that you can't just erase, too. Helping her would require a lot of time, effort, and money.

That's not to say it shouldn't be done. I don't really think the people who say "Well, she should just help herself or go to hell! Yeah! Civilized society working for the betterment of all? fark that!" are onto something or anything.

It's just way more complex than a few hand outs.
 
2011-07-15 11:16:39 AM
She smells like a bucket of dead carp, festering under the porno stands at the Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic.
 
2011-07-15 11:17:47 AM

jackiepaper: shocked this was in Honolulu, not San Francisco


You've never been to Honolulu, I take it? Homeless people all over Oahu, big camps of them on the beaches, particularly west of Pearl Harbor. It's the perfect climate to be homeless in.

I once saw a homeless guy take a crap in a trash can along Ala Moana.
 
2011-07-15 11:19:33 AM

Mrs.Sharpier: but god forbid tax payers agree to pay for a homeless shelter


Who's to say she would go to it if there was one?
 
2011-07-15 11:20:06 AM
This is heartbreaking. No, I don't have the answer. . . .just, ouch.
 
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