skullkrusher: ErinPac: I don't see why anyone would buy $100 shoes for this anyways. It doesn't seem like the guy asked for them, and there are always decently sturdy boots at Walmart or similar places for about $20. It just isn't likely to help him anymore, makes him less likely to keep them, and wastes money that could have been socks or food or whatever.There are no Walmarts in NYC. There are similar stores like Target but nowhere near Times Square
ginandbacon: That we allow our mentally ill to live like this is just abhorrent. I truly admire that officer for trying to help, but individuals can't overcome diseases this insidious. We need to, and can, do better. There is no excuse for this in the wealthiest nation on the planet.
gregscott: Darn cop screwed up his begging ploy. This guy makes $800 per day because he doesn't wear shoes in winter. That's buy lots of recreational chemicals.
TV's Vinnie: It's nice someone cared enough to help him, but the plastering around of this guy in such a pitiful state seems a bit like exploitation.
Bunch of hemming and hawing, and she moved off in search of better prospects. That being said, if she was at the pump, I would have filled the tank and wished her a happy Thanksgiving. I just don't give money..
Because if you deal with the public, mostly idiots, you end up that way.
Would you really care about sitting down and making a concerted and sympathetic effort to solve a domestic violence situation when you've been to that house five times in the past two months and nothing changes? Woman refuses to get counseling, or press charges, or do whatever and you keep going back.
You can either act all sympathetic and nice and try to help again when you know it's useless or you can just act like a dick and throw everybody in jail because it's really the only damn thing you can do at that point.
Most of the cops who are jaded ass holes probably got that way through experience. If you actually talk to cops you learn they get to deal with parts of society most of us never get to see and it isn't a happy place.
machoprogrammer: MycroftHolmes: I know a few cops, though not a ton. They are people, humans like the rest of us. When most of them start reacting the same way to certain situations, I start to wonder if they see or know something that I don't. I don't sit in my ivory tower and harp about how evil they are and how things should be when I am above the fray.Most cops I have seen are total dickwads. That is why they get up in arms about being video taped on the job, particularly for traffic stops. They are mainly just revenue generators for cities (see: speed traps)There are certain exceptions, and I know some great cops, but a lot I have met are just bullies with badges.
Masta Kronix: snip...
But you have to acknowledge that a social welfare state will breed class resentment. Thats where people become assholes.
So, if cops act like bullies, could it be because they are frequently placed in situation where control, and therefore safety, is dependent on maintaining dominance of the situation (which could be perceived as bullying).Not saying that all police actions are appropriate, but whenever I hear 'All cops are (racists\thugs\bullies\criminals), I always stop and ask 'why do they act the way they act?'
Nana's Vibrator: I didn't read any of the original threads if there were any, but someone had to have called this. Homeless people are homeless for a reason. They deserve our efforts and our passion, but you have to be willing to accept that, for many, your help is temporary. I sort of think of it as treating a terminally ill patient. Just make it as reasonably comfortable and dignified as you can while they're still on earth.
Masta Kronix: If the story works, they will keep using it.When I lived in Hawaii, the same guy would come up to me every Wednesday when I went to a particular business office... he always had the exact same story.It's almost as if homeless people need to make themselves more desperate looking or sound more desperate in order for people to actually provide them with assistance and/or money.You have a cell phone? Pshhh you should be able to afford a house, insurance, a car and 3 kids if you got a cell phone, I'm not giving you any money!
know a few cops, though not a ton. They are people, humans like the rest of us. When most of them start reacting the same way to certain situations, I start to wonder if they see or know something that I don't. I don't sit in my ivory tower and harp about how evil they are and how things should be when I am above the fray.
skullkrusher: Asked about the $100 all-weather boots Officer Larry DePrimo gave him on Nov. 14, Hillman says he's hidden them because "they are worth a lot of money."Worth a lot more money not on his feet when it comes to people giving him money I'd imagine
Godscrack: Brainsick: And I hate to tell you, but if the day comes (disaster, etc) the strongest, meanest bastards with the most food, guns, and manpower are going to be running things, at least for awhile.We can all dream, or have a plan!
Snarfangel: mr_a: It is very important to boldly treat the underlining issues where no issues have been treated before! --Shoe Trek
Godscrack: Fake photo-op by the cop. And right before Christmas.Badge-lickers are creaming their pants because one cop bought a homeless man shoes. They have no idea how many laws there that target poor people and the homeless in many states. In many states it's illegal to give homeless people food, clothing or money without a 'permit'. And police are more than enthusiastic about enforcing these laws.Homeless people die terrible deaths. Even in jail. And it's easy for poor/homeless people to just disappear. People don't care. Police don't care. Police say they're all criminals, just because of the sins of a few. Naturally, they treat them all the same way.If the day comes when a disaster hits this planet, changing everyone's way of life and the way people live. People will all be on the same level. Money wont matter, it will have no value. All you have is your true character.
Tax Boy: ginandbacon: That we allow our mentally ill to live like this is just abhorrent. I truly admire that officer for trying to help, but individuals can't overcome diseases this insidious. We need to, and can, do better. There is no excuse for this in the wealthiest nation on the planet.[www.boingboing.net image 368x340]
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