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(Cabrillo Voice)   News: Homeless college student sleeps in his car, shaves at Macy's and maintains good grades. Fark: He's homeless by choice   (cabvoice.com) divider line 169
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2013-05-30 05:16:04 PM  
"Fark: He's homeless by choice"

I think they call that "Not really homeless at all."
 
2013-05-30 05:29:40 PM  
If I were a real homeless person, I would really want to kick this kid's ass.
 
2013-05-30 05:36:17 PM  
So he takes resources - blankets, food, etc - that people who can't go home any time they want need?

I think those that can afford the basics in life have an obligation to fend for themselves and not live of the largess of others as it forces those who don't have the resources to do without as some middle class kid wants to sleep in his car.

I can tell you one thing for sure, if a few years from now he came to me looking for a job I'd google his name (as I do with every applicant) find this story and make my hiring decision right then. I wouldn't even have HR do preliminary interviews with him.

If he wants to go somewhere to find himself he can do it on his own dime.
 
2013-05-30 06:33:01 PM  

feckingmorons: So he takes resources - blankets, food, etc - that people who can't go home any time they want need?

I think those that can afford the basics in life have an obligation to fend for themselves and not live of the largess of others as it forces those who don't have the resources to do without as some middle class kid wants to sleep in his car.

I can tell you one thing for sure, if a few years from now he came to me looking for a job I'd google his name (as I do with every applicant) find this story and make my hiring decision right then. I wouldn't even have HR do preliminary interviews with him.

If he wants to go somewhere to find himself he can do it on his own dime.


Don't a lot of people have the same name? If you googled me would find letters to the editor written by some nut with my name in my town.
 
2013-05-30 09:58:41 PM  
Also, if I were Macy's, I'd get a restraining order against him for trespassing.
 
2013-05-30 09:59:00 PM  
scumbag
 
2013-05-30 09:59:01 PM  

Nabb1: If I were a real homeless person, I would really want to kick this kid's ass.


if you were a homeless person, id like to know how you heard about the story to want to kick the kids ass.
 
2013-05-30 10:00:17 PM  

Dr. Goldshnoz: Nabb1: If I were a real homeless person, I would really want to kick this kid's ass.

if you were a homeless person, id like to know how you heard about the story to want to kick the kids ass.


Obamaphone.
 
2013-05-30 10:02:27 PM  

Dr. Goldshnoz: Nabb1: If I were a real homeless person, I would really want to kick this kid's ass.

if you were a homeless person, id like to know how you heard about the story to want to kick the kids ass.


Homeless people often use publicly available computers, like those found in libraries.
 
2013-05-30 10:02:58 PM  

timujin: Dr. Goldshnoz: Nabb1: If I were a real homeless person, I would really want to kick this kid's ass.

if you were a homeless person, id like to know how you heard about the story to want to kick the kids ass.

Homeless people often use publicly available computers, like those found in libraries.


and home invasions
 
2013-05-30 10:03:01 PM  

feckingmorons: So he takes resources - blankets, food, etc - that people who can't go home any time they want need?

I think those that can afford the basics in life have an obligation to fend for themselves and not live of the largess of others as it forces those who don't have the resources to do without as some middle class kid wants to sleep in his car.

I can tell you one thing for sure, if a few years from now he came to me looking for a job I'd google his name (as I do with every applicant) find this story and make my hiring decision right then. I wouldn't even have HR do preliminary interviews with him.

If he wants to go somewhere to find himself he can do it on his own dime.


...Except for the shaving in the Macy's bathroom, isn't he doing that? He's got two jobs, he's saving money, he's paying for school and keeping his grades up (with a double major), and seems to be otherwise a pretty good member of society. What exactly about his lifestyle rubs you the wrong way?
 
2013-05-30 10:04:15 PM  

Gyrfalcon: ...Except for the shaving in the Macy's bathroom, isn't he doing that? He's got two jobs, he's saving money, he's paying for school and keeping his grades up (with a double major), and seems to be otherwise a pretty good member of society. What exactly about his lifestyle rubs you the wrong way?


"The services they provide are amazing. If you need blankets they give you blankets. If you need shoes - whatever you need."
 
2013-05-30 10:04:39 PM  
www.hormonal-imbalances.com
He can always be a motivational speaker.
 
2013-05-30 10:05:43 PM  
HomeFREE brah
 
2013-05-30 10:06:45 PM  
Car Kitchens, Shaving At Macy's, and Forging Adresses

*rapid left eye twitch*

*sigh*
 
2013-05-30 10:06:56 PM  
FTFA: We all watched teary-eyed as Emile Hirche, who portrayed Christopher McCandless in the biographic film "Into the Wild," paid the ultimate price after roaming out into Alaska to find his ultimate truth.
No.  We laughed at him for being a retarded dumbass.
 
Slu
2013-05-30 10:08:10 PM  
While this guy can do what he wants, it doesn't change the fact that he is an extreme douche. His comments about rent are ridiculously juvenile.
 
2013-05-30 10:09:07 PM  
"We all watched teary-eyed as Emile Hirche, who portrayed Christopher McCandless in the biographic film "Into the Wild," paid the ultimate price after roaming out into Alaska to find his ultimate truth."

No, I laughed while watching it.
 
2013-05-30 10:09:53 PM  
I knew a guy back in the college days who spent a few months being technically homeless.  He and his roommates got evicted a few months before graduation and he decided to sleep on couches rather than try to rent a new place for just a few months.  He'd show up with a bag of stuff and live on the couch for a couple weeks in exchange for keeping the apartment or house clean.  I agreed because he was going to try out for the olympic swim team and I thought it would be cool to say, "That guy slept on my couch."  He didn't make the cut.  But our apartment was spotless.
 
2013-05-30 10:10:15 PM  

Slu: While this guy can do what he wants, it doesn't change the fact that he is an extreme douche. His comments about rent are ridiculously juvenile.


Immature and juvenile? A college student?

THE HELL YOU SAY!
 
2013-05-30 10:11:07 PM  
so instead of using his privilege to volunteer and help his community he chooses to leech off of charity instead?  how useless.
 
2013-05-30 10:12:11 PM  
So much manufactured hate in this thread.
 
2013-05-30 10:13:43 PM  
'Homeless' with a car? How does that work?

Car =/= cardboard box or some newspapers or a dumpster full of rats.
 
2013-05-30 10:14:07 PM  
Kid sounds like a real asshole.
 
2013-05-30 10:14:16 PM  
"I have a much greater appreciation for my parents, my family and the things I take for granted, like a sink and a proper stovetop."

And so it ends well.
 
2013-05-30 10:14:51 PM  
Its a rite of passage to slum it for a while, I remember fondly my days of not even using a valet.  They were tough but you know I grew as a person because of it, or something.
 
2013-05-30 10:15:38 PM  

Dr. Goldshnoz: So much manufactured hate in this thread.


This kid actually has a hate generator in his trunk
 
2013-05-30 10:16:16 PM  

BlippityBleep: so instead of using his privilege to volunteer and help his community he chooses to leech off of charity instead?  how useless.


Do you know that he doesn't volunteer or are you just assuming?
 
2013-05-30 10:16:51 PM  
This is the whole problem with our society. Self-absorbed douches like this guy sponging off services meant for the truly homeless, just because he doesn't believe in the concept of rent. Fark him.
 
2013-05-30 10:17:11 PM  
He's homeless by choice - he's camping
 
2013-05-30 10:18:23 PM  

Ambivalence: BlippityBleep: so instead of using his privilege to volunteer and help his community he chooses to leech off of charity instead?  how useless.

Do you know that he doesn't volunteer or are you just assuming?


2 jobs and in college?
 
2013-05-30 10:18:33 PM  
saves on property taxes
 
2013-05-30 10:19:54 PM  
Is this an Onion article?
 
2013-05-30 10:21:39 PM  
He won't think it's so funny when he winds up eaten by zombies.
 
2013-05-30 10:22:37 PM  
You'd be surprised that most places don't let you shave in the bathroom.  It's a PUBLIC restroom, assholes.  I was in Nordstrom's last week trimming up my pubes a bit, and someone actually had the nerve to kick me out of the store AND call the cops.  Needless to say, I've placed a call with my lawyers, so they'll be sorry.
 
Slu
2013-05-30 10:23:16 PM  

dv-ous: Slu: While this guy can do what he wants, it doesn't change the fact that he is an extreme douche. His comments about rent are ridiculously juvenile.

Immature and juvenile? A college student?

THE HELL YOU SAY!


Touché, but I did say ridiculously juvenile. When I was 22, I understood the value of shelter.
 
2013-05-30 10:23:21 PM  

jtown: I knew a guy back in the college days who spent a few months being technically homeless.  He and his roommates got evicted a few months before graduation and he decided to sleep on couches rather than try to rent a new place for just a few months.  He'd show up with a bag of stuff and live on the couch for a couple weeks in exchange for keeping the apartment or house clean.  I agreed because he was going to try out for the olympic swim team and I thought it would be cool to say, "That guy slept on my couch."  He didn't make the cut.  But our apartment was spotless.


That really isn't homeless, it is a barter trade.

Voluntary all around, he offered value for what he received in agreement by all parties, sounds like a perfectly fine arrangement.
 
2013-05-30 10:24:15 PM  

Gyrfalcon: What exactly about his lifestyle rubs you the wrong way?


--> He went to places like the Homeless Service Center in downtown.

he's using resources he doesn't need; he just wants to sponge. And, in doing so, is using resources that others do need.
 
2013-05-30 10:24:51 PM  

RatMaster999: FTFA: We all watched teary-eyed as Emile Hirche, who portrayed Christopher McCandless in the biographic film "Into the Wild," paid the ultimate price after roaming out into Alaska to find his ultimate truth.
No.  We laughed at him for being a retarded dumbass.


Yeah, this is the only thing that I thought...
 
2013-05-30 10:25:24 PM  
Eh.  I kinda like the kid.
 
2013-05-30 10:25:59 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: "Fark: He's homeless by choice"

I think they call that "Not really homeless at all."


//thread
 
2013-05-30 10:26:07 PM  

DaMoopies: Is this an Onion article?


From TFA: "Prior to that, I went to a fabric store and bought black nylon and cut it into the shape of my windows in my car, and sowed magnets too, so they'll clip onto the sides of my car windows, so I have more privacy at night."

I don't think so.  For one thing, even the Onion usually doesn't confuse "sewed" with "sowed", and can generally choose the correct form of to/too/two.
 
2013-05-30 10:26:18 PM  
reading , yes reading the article you come away with facts like he only used public services for a limited period in the beginning then he got 2 jobs, one at a restaurant so that's one full meal a day taken cared of and another for clothing and spending money. he sounds humble and knows that he has it better than the unseen homeless students alluded to in the article. and how often do you think that kid has to really shave, once a month or every other month?
 
2013-05-30 10:26:27 PM  

Ambivalence: BlippityBleep: so instead of using his privilege to volunteer and help his community he chooses to leech off of charity instead?  how useless.

Do you know that he doesn't volunteer or are you just assuming?


yes, i'm sure that with all of the other patronizing bullshiattery mentioned in the article that they would have just left that out.
 
2013-05-30 10:27:08 PM  

Apos: Car Kitchens, Shaving At Macy's, and Forging Adresses

*rapid left eye twitch*

*sigh*


The article says he "sowed magnets". Oy.
 
2013-05-30 10:29:54 PM  

MrHappyRotter: You'd be surprised that most places don't let you shave in the bathroom.  It's a PUBLIC restroom, assholes.  I was in Nordstrom's last week trimming up my pubes a bit, and someone actually had the nerve to kick me out of the store AND call the cops.  Needless to say, I've placed a call with my lawyers, so they'll be sorry.


Having worked in a series of places (Pary City, Barnes and Noble, etc.), you could shoot up, have a baby, build a meth lab, just about anything, and the management would FIRE your ass for that. If a guy is just shaving and he cleans up? That's more than the regulars who go in the to leave their shiate-stained underwear and much, MUCH worse, in there for the maybe-green-carded bastards to clean up...and let me tell you about being a manager at a jack shack...FUUUUUUUUUG. I would GLADLY welcome this guy! And who's to say? The great American road trip is dad? The real free lifestyle is just not social? I know, maybe the Rainbow Gathering busted up your camping trip (though I doubt it), but this guy is causing ZERO harm. And if you think he's 'stealing' from the 'real poor' cuz gets a blanket and shoes, I would suggest really reworking your sense of Jesus-like caring.
 
2013-05-30 10:32:36 PM  
About 25 years ago when I was in college I had enough money for either an apartment or college but not both.  I chose college and I never regretted it.  Honestly, it wasn't really all that bad.  I basically lived in the college library.  As long as you kept the right schedule no one really bothered you.  If you tried to sleep overnight they would throw you out, but during the day no one messed with you.

My basic schedule was class and studying from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Sleep on a couch in the library  from 1:00pm to 7:00pm.  Shower at the gym and study until 10:00pm, then work at a local convenience store from 11:00pm to 7:00am. Weekends were generally spent at friends' houses.  I kept my belongings in my car in the parking lot and washed clothes once a week at a friend's house or laundrymat.

I actually did better in school the 18 months I was homeless than later when I got a better job and had a place to live.  When I was sacrificing a home to go to school I worked hard to make sure I got the most out of the money I was spending for school.

\\CSB
 
2013-05-30 10:32:38 PM  
MrHappyRotter:I was in Nordstrom's last week trimming up my pubes a bit....
Gold
 
2013-05-30 10:34:00 PM  
On the one hand, I do think he should have had the forethought to start with his own blankets & pillow. Other than that, speaking as one who's been homeless by necessity a few times, I can't help applauding his decision to see "how the other half lives," nor can I blame him for going home after the semester ends. He even chose a damn good place for his experiment. He even worked 25 hours a week though strictly speaking he didn't have to.

Yes, he's lucky and privileged, and he took the trouble to find out just how lucky and privileged he is. I only hope a little of his gumption might inspire other homeless folks to get an education, e.g., instead of winding up total bums like Yours Truly. It's not that being homeless is so much fun or so morally uplifting that everyone should try it, nor does anyone who's homeless by fate have any obligation to stay that way if s/he can get better.

As for "but he always had the option of going home or begging Mom for money," well, homeless people who say that are understandably envious, and people who have no idea what it's like to be homeless don't know what they're talking about.

I hope he goes back to UC Santa Cruz to continue his education, whether he resumes living in his car or not, and that he uses what he learns in school and out to befit society in general and poor folks in particular.
 
2013-05-30 10:34:19 PM  
I too aspire for greater poverty in my life.

This dude knows what's up.
 
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