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(Metronews.ca)   Man gives away modest sums of money to complete strangers he meets on the streets. Who better to send for psychiatric assessment?   (metronews.ca) divider line 54
    More: Asinine, P.E.I., psychiatric assessment, Richard Wright, Halifax Regional Police, Halifax  
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2014-03-24 01:59:34 PM
1) Raise your left hand

2) Point index finger at your left ear.

3) Rotate index finger in a circular motion.

4) Repeat the phrase, "cuckoo, cuckoo" in a high-pitched voice.

This describes Mr Richard Wright.

Next case!
 
2014-03-24 02:18:27 PM
People that are differing from 'normal' societal parameters are bad, scary and wrong, Phone them in immediately. Also, if you did not get any free money, phone them in twice. It is your right as a vigilant citizen.
 
2014-03-24 02:42:56 PM
Stuff pills down his throat! He must be mad!
 
2014-03-24 03:47:43 PM
*homerbackingintothebushes.gif*
 
2014-03-24 03:48:10 PM
Late last October I called the cops on a crazy guy handing out free candy to children. Thank god I helped get that pedo behind bars.
 
2014-03-24 03:48:21 PM
If he were nuts and handed away all his money his family would be screaming that the system had failed the poor man. He was just held for observation to make sure he wasn't a danger to himself or others either way he'd be released after they lined up the appropriate treatment if any were required.
 
2014-03-24 03:49:35 PM
Prince Edward Island RCMP say Richard Wright, the mystery man

Did he have an East German Shepard?
 
2014-03-24 03:50:27 PM
Never. Ever. EVER. Do something nice for a stranger.

Doing nice things for strangers gets you put in jail or shot.

/Thanks culture of fear!
//You are safer today then any time in the past 30 years. Not that you'd know.
 
2014-03-24 03:50:39 PM

vudukungfu: Prince Edward Island RCMP say Richard Wright, the mystery man

Did he have an East German Shepard?


His clothes are all extra medium.
 
2014-03-24 03:52:28 PM
A Facebook group about the situation involving the man was started on Monday morning titled #OpFreeRichardWright.  It had over 200 likes within an hour of being posted.

I bet I could start a Facebook group titled #Jews4Hitler and I could get 200 likes within an hour.
 
2014-03-24 03:52:54 PM

timujin: vudukungfu: Prince Edward Island RCMP say Richard Wright, the mystery man

Did he have an East German Shepard?

His clothes are all extra medium.


He knows it's a small world, but he'd hate to have to paint it.
 
2014-03-24 03:58:35 PM

special20: timujin: vudukungfu: Prince Edward Island RCMP say Richard Wright, the mystery man

Did he have an East German Shepard?

His clothes are all extra medium.

He knows it's a small world, but he'd hate to have to paint it.


His fake plants died because he forgot to pretend to water them
 
2014-03-24 04:01:19 PM

fluffy2097: Never. Ever. EVER. Do something nice for a stranger.

Doing nice things for strangers gets you put in jail or shot.

/Thanks culture of fear!
//You are safer today then any time in the past 30 years. Not that you'd know.


This.  THIS.   THIS

Can people just put on their big-boy pants and get a grip already?  Violence is down 50%.  Society has completely flipped out.
 
2014-03-24 04:02:47 PM
It did happen to Scrooge, so it could happen to anyone!

basementrejects.com
 
2014-03-24 04:03:04 PM
Broke ass shrink just wanted his cut.
 
2014-03-24 04:04:48 PM
My brother-in-law would all but do that.  All you need is a sob story and any money you can get your hand on will come your way.  It doesn't even need to be a good sob story.

Needless to say, as nice as he is, he isn't all there and he's only given small amounts of spending money.
 
2014-03-24 04:04:59 PM
And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change,
 
2014-03-24 04:18:02 PM

Russ1642: Late last October I called the cops on a crazy guy handing out free candy to children. Thank god I helped get that pedo behind bars.


www.dtvusaforum.com
 
2014-03-24 04:18:06 PM
He held up his riches
To challenge the hungry
Purposeful motion
For one so insane
They tried to fight him
Just couldn't beat him
This manic depressive
Who walks in the rain
 
2014-03-24 04:20:09 PM
I live in halifax. The number of people that would have to cooperate to do this is astronomical. The police, psychiatrists, nurses, and not one of these people thought "What the fark are we doing?"

The family has been posting on anything and everything trying to get in touch, and isn't even allowed contact. The guy is being force fed medication without even being told what it is. 

This story scares the hell out of me.  I almost puked last night when I read the daughters thing going around facebook.
 
2014-03-24 04:21:38 PM
This exact same thing just happened to a friend of mine a few months ago for the exact same reason.

They only kept her three days.
 
2014-03-24 04:21:44 PM

iamepic: I live in halifax. The number of people that would have to cooperate to do this is astronomical. The police, psychiatrists, nurses, and not one of these people thought "What the fark are we doing?"

The family has been posting on anything and everything trying to get in touch, and isn't even allowed contact. The guy is being force fed medication without even being told what it is. 

This story scares the hell out of me.  I almost puked last night when I read the daughters thing going around facebook.


Welcome to the world of modern mental health.

/And you wonder why people keep shooting up the place...
 
jvl
2014-03-24 04:23:08 PM

redsquid: He held up his riches


That took too many posts to get to. Thanks Geddy.
 
2014-03-24 04:25:59 PM

WickerNipple: This exact same thing just happened to a friend of mine a few months ago for the exact same reason.

They only kept her three days.


72 hours is the standard they keep you under observation.

They also keep you in a padded cell as it were though. They aren't actually padded anymore, but there will be nothing in the entire ward or your room that you will be capable of harming yourself with. Not even a staple, or a potted plant you could smash over your head.

Now, if you're calm, you'll get out in 72 hours. If you aren't comfortable in your own head and freak out 48 hours in, you're going to be staying a lot longer.

/Not sure what the laws regarding a family member getting a person out of observation in canada.
//In the USA, you'll be released if its determined you aren't a danger to yourself or others. Family members have the right to determine treatment as well.
 
2014-03-24 04:32:15 PM
Somewhere in the literature, a warning sign of an impending, unimpulisive suicide is the distribution of worldly goods.

That was also Jesse Pinkman's problem. He was really too emotionally immature to be a highly paid drug cook.
 
F42
2014-03-24 04:32:38 PM
Peter Pumkinhead went to town, spreading wisdom and wealth around

but he made too many enemies
 
2014-03-24 04:39:58 PM

wildcardjack: Somewhere in the literature, a warning sign of an impending, unimpulisive suicide is the distribution of worldly goods.


And who the fark are we to stop them?

Nobody chooses to be born in this world. The least we could do is give people the dignity of getting to chose when they leave it.
 
2014-03-24 04:41:06 PM
3dblogger.typepad.com

Apparently also in need of psychiatric help
 
2014-03-24 04:49:32 PM

fluffy2097: WickerNipple: This exact same thing just happened to a friend of mine a few months ago for the exact same reason.

They only kept her three days.

72 hours is the standard they keep you under observation.

They also keep you in a padded cell as it were though. They aren't actually padded anymore, but there will be nothing in the entire ward or your room that you will be capable of harming yourself with. Not even a staple, or a potted plant you could smash over your head.

Now, if you're calm, you'll get out in 72 hours. If you aren't comfortable in your own head and freak out 48 hours in, you're going to be staying a lot longer.

/Not sure what the laws regarding a family member getting a person out of observation in canada.
//In the USA, you'll be released if its determined you aren't a danger to yourself or others. Family members have the right to determine treatment as well.


I don't think id stay calm locked in a cell for three days without explanation or a phone to call my wife. She would be having panic attacks for farks sake.
 
2014-03-24 04:50:51 PM

lilbjorn: [3dblogger.typepad.com image 670x803]

Apparently also in need of psychiatric help


Well Duh?
A White Guy who thinks he is Jesus, of course he is wacky...
 
2014-03-24 04:51:50 PM

lilbjorn: Apparently also in need of psychiatric help


Well duh.

Chances are the Son of God is already locked in a psych ward somewhere in America, for his own good.
 
2014-03-24 04:58:02 PM
watchdog.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com

Drugs are bad. You see, I was at the bottom of the barrel. I was a wreck; why, I didn't even care about money. I was-I was wasting my life.
 
2014-03-24 04:59:26 PM

Gyrfalcon: lilbjorn: Apparently also in need of psychiatric help

Well duh.

Chances are the Son of God is already locked in a psych ward somewhere in America, for his own good.


I wish they'd let him out. I'm really Jonesing for one of those fish sammiches.
 
2014-03-24 05:03:31 PM
I get drunk and spend money on rural poor people on indiegogo.

Does that mean I'm crazy? Or just bitter and full of regrets?
 
2014-03-24 05:08:15 PM

iamepic: I don't think id stay calm locked in a cell for three days without explanation or a phone to call my wife. She would be having panic attacks for farks sake.


Then you'll be staying a bit longer then 3 days.
 
2014-03-24 05:11:30 PM
Walking around handing out money to strangers is pretty far outside the norms of society. Is there some reason not to question the mental facilities of someone acting that far outside normal behavior because he was doing a "nice" thing?

It's not like they gave him electroshock therapy. They just wanted to make sure he wasn't off his rocker completely or dangerously. Turns out he's just a nice weirdo.
 
2014-03-24 05:15:47 PM
Take a perfectly normal person and drug them, then solitary confinement.

What does that tell you? Nothing. Frankly if they remain calm I'd be worried.
 
2014-03-24 05:16:30 PM

iamepic: I don't think id stay calm locked in a cell for three days without explanation or a phone to call my wife. She would be having panic attacks for farks sake.


You get an explanation they give you a form saying that you are being held under the Mental Health Act or something like that. You are able to use the phone and your family is notified it isn't like you are in a tiny cell or anything like that. If they decide to keep you longer you get another form and a visit from a patient advocate that can put you in touch with a lawyer or request a hearing in front of a judge to explain why you aren't really nuts. It's still a bit scary but all in all not that bad an experience depending on the crazy level of your fellow patients.


Source: I've been there.
 
2014-03-24 05:17:51 PM
If I win the lottery I plan on walking around with a pocket full of hundreds and give them to random homeless people.

lilbjorn: [3dblogger.typepad.com image 670x803]

Apparently also in need of psychiatric help


Well, yeah, the motherfarker thought he was God.
 
2014-03-24 05:19:04 PM

fluffy2097: Nobody chooses to be born in this world. The least we could do is give people the dignity of getting to chose when they leave it.


There is a difference between suicide from depression and suicide to end the pain of cancer or ALS.  Basically, everyone who has the kind of pain you get with most diseases that will kill you (without you killing yourself) is going to go see a doctor.  In mental illness, on the other hand, that's not the case.  It's like committing suicide because you broke your arm and don't believe in doctors.

When you are suicidal because of mental health problems, you are literally not in your right mind, and shouldn't have 'power of attorney' over a decision like that.  I've known several people who had that kind of depression, and all of them who are still here, are really, really, glad someone intervened.

That's why, when someone shows the warning signs you do an assessment.  Now, if I was to take 100 dollars out of my bank account and go down and by shots for everyone at the local bar, maybe that's a poor financial decision, but it's probably nothing to worry about.  Make it a thousand?  You know, I'd at least like someone to ask me if I'm okay.  I know it's cliche, but suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem (except when it's a permanent problem, like untreatable cancer or late stage ALS, and even there, there is a continuum of depression vs. pain that can often be treated reasonably well, at least for a while.)
 
2014-03-24 05:27:20 PM

fluffy2097: //In the USA, you'll be released if its determined you aren't a danger to yourself or others. Family members have the right to determine treatment as well.


Hah.

At least in my state, psych holds are used to punish people who Cops find inconvenient or disrespectful precisely because they are guaranteed to hold you for 72 hours with to review, while if they take you to jail you might make bail.

Has the added bonus of disqualifying you from owning firearms and according to some sources voting.
 
2014-03-24 05:28:54 PM
Giving away all their worldly possessions is a major warning sign that someone is about to commit suicide.  They are basically settling their affairs.
 
2014-03-24 05:32:24 PM

HoratioGates: That's why, when someone shows the warning signs you do an assessment. Now, if I was to take 100 dollars out of my bank account and go down and by shots for everyone at the local bar, maybe that's a poor financial decision, but it's probably nothing to worry about. Make it a thousand? You know, I'd at least like someone to ask me if I'm okay.


I sent ballpark of a grand to a local food bank last year.  Should they have had the cops come by and check on me?
 
2014-03-24 05:38:19 PM
Please tell me there is more to this story. Were there warning signs of mental illness, or was he just literally handing out money to strangers?
 
2014-03-24 05:42:28 PM
Once again, I'm a homeless, worthless bastard. Jesus has ignored me. I need money. No, I don't need a NetZero card. Send cash, food and beer.
/oh, I could also use a new suit and a decent looking woman in which to perform the horizontal bop..................
 
2014-03-24 05:46:48 PM

Meisaims: Please tell me there is more to this story. Were there warning signs of mental illness, or was he just literally handing out money to strangers?


Literally handing out money to strangers. And having coherent conversations. Was all over local social media for about a week and the news picked it up over the weekend.
 
2014-03-24 05:48:32 PM

HoratioGates: When you are suicidal because of mental health problems, you are literally not in your right mind, and shouldn't have 'power of attorney' over a decision like that.


That's a great theory, but who decides which mind is my right mind, which things are considered "mental health problems", and which problems are "curable"?
 
2014-03-24 06:07:05 PM

profplump: HoratioGates: When you are suicidal because of mental health problems, you are literally not in your right mind, and shouldn't have 'power of attorney' over a decision like that.

That's a great theory, but who decides which mind is my right mind, which things are considered "mental health problems", and which problems are "curable"?


Part of the problem with mental health today. It's a tough question without an easy answer.
 
2014-03-24 07:04:30 PM
Elliot Rosewater?
 
2014-03-24 08:34:46 PM
By giving money to the poor, he potentially delayed the entry of people into the prison labor workforce and/or reduced the amount of interest predatory lenders could have collected. Interfering in the exploitation of the poor cannot be tolerated, so let this man's fate be a lesson to you. It would be shame if anyone else ends up locked up and drugged. Putting oneself at similar risk really would be crazy, wouldn't it, my friends.
 
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