A lad told me today that he’ll make a facebook account just to connect with me, gave me the address of the place he’s couch surfing at and told me to come over anytime. He said “because you treat me like a human.”
I’ve gotten in trouble at a few jobs for talking with poor people rather than just shuffling them through.
It helps that I have to walk through the hood frequently.
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Not typically, but I did in New York City with one old guy in particular. He was always sitting on the sidewalk a few blocks from my apartment on my path to the gas station to get beer. I’d usually stop by and sit down with him and talk. Sometimes we’d talk for just a couple minutes, and other times it might be an hour or longer.
He was a nice old guy but he wouldn’t talk a whole lot about the circumstances that led him to his situation. He was a veteran and he had suffered from PTSD from back in Vietnam, but he didn’t like to talk about it much. Mostly we just talked about whatever was going on in the world and how fucked up the US is.
thousands of people at least here in hawaii with no home, so yeah a bit
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good on you for maybe making friends with someone who needs one, but please don’t ask people to sign up for facebook! of all the shitty ways to communicate online that is really one of the worst.
What social media do you think would be most useful to a homeless person?
Plenty. I grew up with a lot of guys who ended up staying in poverty, some of which experienced homelessness. I don’t have much money but I give what I can. I smoke weed too so I’ll always share it homeless/poverty stricken individuals if they want it.
I have smoked weed and drink some booze with some lumpenproletarians a few times and stuff but generally they end up fucking you over and stealing shit from you or are way too high and end up getting in trouble, although these are lumpens from the third world, from what I have seen in Usonia they are pretty different since being poor/homeless in the first world is completely different.
I would give it a try if you see he will not fuck things up and you think you can be friends, but be prepared to be asked for money/food every now and then.
Chomsky spoke a little about this and i’ve heard this on the street. Crime is a major problems for the poor and not a problem for the rich/middleclass. The ‘rich’ live in gated communities in suburbs far away from the poor. The poor also live in (over)crowded houses with complete strangers (rooming houses) making theft inside those households rampant. But yeah homeless ppl have told me when they’ve been in shelters/camps there has been a lot of theft too
I used to do food not bombs and also had a phase where i was drinking in public a lot and ended up chilling with a lot of homeless people at nearby parks and such