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Homeless People
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Bob/Ont    Posted 10-28-2004 at 07:57:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
There has been much discussion of late as to how to solve the problem of all the homeless people, sleeping over a grate to keep warm, on the sidewalks of Toronto. One of the "Will Work for Food" crowd had a great idea that should work very well. He said "If everyone that passed by him everyday would just give him one quarter he would be able to afford a home". This guy must be an Executive Street people, according to his arithmetic his daily take would be Can$375.00. Now the best begging is on workdays and if he worked year round that would be Can$97,500 anually. Not a bad income for someone working at a real job and paying taxes of about 40%. Think about that one before you go to work tomorrow folks.
Later Bob

Dave2N    Posted 10-28-2004 at 10:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Under a Kerry administration, "There will be no homeless people!"

deadcarp    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:55:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
i followed a bum on the streets of seattle in 1961 because he asked for a quarter instead of a dime. (he looked dirty & skinny but young) i tried to note how many people responded to his plea for 15 minutes. there was a big clock on a bldg so that part was easy. he seemed to average 1/minute. after i realized he was making $15/hour, likely no taxes, i seriously considered quitting my $2.35/hour boeing job and going into the charity racket. who wouldn't? that day i decided bums are where they want to be, just like everybody else. if they don't contribute to my lifestyle, let's call it a fair trade. :)
on a lighter note, always kick a man wen he's down. it's pretty obvious he needs a lift so give him all the encouragement your foot has to offer..besides standing people might kick back :(

I Won't beg,,    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:48:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
For a mere, $97,500.00 Can. or US.!!!! I ain't livin like no pauper!!
Geeeeze Bob, don't get me started on low life bums!!!!!!!
If I had a dollar for every sign wearin "Work for Food" loafer that refused to help me unload a truck for $50.00 US. I'd take a week off.
They don't wanna work, they wanne eat. FREE!!!!!!
'course so do I, but Donna won't stand for it!
Ron, who remembers when hobo's came to the farm and offered to work for a meal.

ron,ar    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:17:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
speaking of "homeless" people. There is a fairly new law (maybe state law) that re-defines what homeless means. Part of what it says is that if the family loses their home for whatever reason, job loss, divorce/no provider or poor money management ect,ect and they have to move in with relatives or friends they can be considered homless. This is even if their standard of living goes up as a result of these events. We have had this happen several times in our school district. The schoolchildren in these cases fall under special consideration and must be transported to and from school even if they live in a different district. They can choose to change schools or remain where they were attending. We are currently transporting several out of district students that fall under the new "homless" definition.
I used to wonder where all the supposedly homless people were that are counted on the census rolls since you never see them here. Now I understand that they could be just average folks living and working next door and still fall under the homeless act.

Willy-N    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:08:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have much feelings for the homeless that stand on the corners for hand outs. Most carring the sign saying "will work for food" won't they try to make you feel bad and get over that way. Another way to not work for a living. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:40:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
inB.C. they just passed a law, no more begging on the streets, no more washing windsheilds,punishment is a fine and if you don,t pay fines then you can go to jail presto no more homeless. homeless people don,t look good to the world and we,re preparing for the 2010 omplymics,bad image,gotta look like we all can afford the games.

MW/Ks    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I too have to work for food. My shoeshine man just bought a brand new Lincoln Towncar. Mark in Kansas

steve19438    Posted 10-28-2004 at 08:48:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you can afford a shoeshine man????

MW/Ks    Posted 10-28-2004 at 09:39:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not really,but it's the cheapest vice I have.He makes a 10 year old pair of roach kickers look like new everytime. Mark in Kansas

deadcarp    Posted 10-28-2004 at 09:00:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
if i could afford a shoeshine man, i'd buy new slippers instead. ;)

Employed    Posted 02-24-2008 at 11:12:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A "homeless" man outside a supermarket asked for money to buy food. He said he hadn't eaten for some time. I told him I had no change, but to wait for me to come out. I bought a roasted chicken and a quart of orange juice. When I offered him the food he got mad and said "I don't want that, I want money". I told him "If you don't want it, then it'll be my dinner".

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