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I Saw a Homeless Person

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    Today - Just today I was out with my friend, and I saw a homeless person, holding up a sign asking for help, and just as i was thinking "I wish I could do something to help...
    keyna keyna 36-40, F Aug 10, 2008

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    "Famous People Who Were Once Homeless" and No One Cares - I asked a question recently about “Do you know of any famous people who were once homeless” and got...
    2Buddies 2Buddies 46-50, M Oct 14, 2010

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    The Paper Cup - Firstly, know that this is NOT a true story, but one inspired by those holding out their empty coffee cups, looking for some spare change. Every day, at about 5:30...
    yottsa yottsa 18-21, F May 10, 2009

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    Numbers Increasing - Homeless sightings are on the rise in New York they say. It's true though, I see more and more in the subways. Too many scam you saying they want $$ for food...
    Brandi5 Brandi5 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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    .....and It's My Dad - I am upset right now and thought this would be the best place to share why. My dad is 74 years old and diabetic and has been living in his car for the past...
    cssoulsearching cssoulsearching 26-30, F Feb 17, 2011

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    Help Programs... - I have been homeless too. And I am well aware of the services available here where I live. Some programs actually do some good. But lately, I have been examining...
    JustaTouch JustaTouch 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 17, 2013

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    I Give Money - If I have cash on me I will give some.  Once my I gave a homeless man some money and then I saw him a few minutes later trying to buy crack off some guy on a...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 1 Response Feb 10, 2008

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    Ftra - If you have railroads in your city, town or anyplace you have the FTRA, a gang of homeless men who move about in railroad cars. They are criminal.
    ashleerox ashleerox 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 6, 2012

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    I Spent Some Time... - I spent some time homeless after my parents kicked me out. For alot of the part, I could rely on my friends, but there were days when I didn't have a place...
    drcynic drcynic 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 11, 2008

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    I Tried to Help - There once was this homeless man who used to hang out in a plaza near my neighborhood, and my mother and I felt bad for him. So one day we decided we'd make a pb...
    Melody08 Melody08 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2008

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    Hobo. - its always really sad when you see homeless people. i think humans in general [at least most] have this inner compassion that doesnt like to see other humans in pain. its...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 11, 2008

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    So.. Crazy Run In With A Homeless Person? - As requested, I'm gonna write about my weird encounter with a homeless lady. Ok so one day.. I think I was about 8 or 9 maybe. Well...
    kh46 kh46 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2013

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    Cried - I see them all the time and I feel so much for them. If we are near a restaurant or fast food place I'll go in and buy them a meal. This morning, however, the gentleman...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 9, 2007

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    It Makes Me Sad - I see homeless people once in a while.  I live in a tourist area at the beach so you see them more in the summer.  It's always so sad to see them...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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    I Am Glad To See This Homeless Woman (after All) - After reading several people's stories on the homeless, I thought I share my experience with an open mind to everyone who seemed...
    Bonnieee Bonnieee 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2011

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    Smell Of A Waste Of Space, And Acknoledgement - Saw A homeless mother and her three children the other day, can you say Eww! She asked for a DOLLAR (Like that's enough!), and then...
    newbmuzik newbmuzik 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2013

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    Homeless - I really about cry every time I see one of these people I have a son who was homeless for years and now he has so many things wrong with his health and mental thinking I...
    silvercoins4 silvercoins4 70+, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    Animal Shelters But No Homeless Shelters - I live in a small southern town and just like the big cities we have homeless people too.  A couple of years ago it seemed like...
    RainbowsandAngels RainbowsandAngels 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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    Thank God For Having Dishes To Wash - A homeless man told me, "Thank Gawd 4 havin' dishes 2 wawsh 'cuz dat's how u know u gawt food 2 eat. I luuhv wawshin' deeshes!" Country...
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F Jan 19, 2010

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    On The Corner At The Mall - I saw a homeless person a few days ago standing at the exit of a local shopping mall. I did not realize it until I was ready to go with the traffic that...
    onceasailor onceasailor 46-50, M 8 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    I Wanna Be Homeless!! - Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and you will hear a wide range of answers from firefighter to ballerina, astronaut to teacher, or...
    Freedom901 Freedom901 36-40, F Sep 22, 2010

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    I Felt Awful - Where I live there are lot of ppl pretending they are poorer than they're in fact, so I usually don't give them money... Especially since I saw an article in...
    anonymous666 anonymous666 18-21, M Aug 11, 2008

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    Almost Every Day - i see a homeless person almost every single day that i go to work.
    witheverstepifail witheverstepifail 18-21, M Mar 14, 2012

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    What Do They Think About Us? - I visit NYC a lot, so you see a lot of homeless people just by walking down the streets. My first reaction is always sympathy, but then I...
    averagejo averagejo 18-21 3 Responses Aug 12, 2008

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    I Saw One - My older brother is a homeless person.
    Lookingforjmc Lookingforjmc 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 24, 2013

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    Homeless -                             ...
    flourlady111 flourlady111 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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    The Homeless Who Liked Me - It was in 2010. I was in UK. I wanted to go to NY, US, but missed a flight. And I couldn't get a refund. Due to budget, I was struggling before I asked...
    n22dle n22dle 31-35 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    Was Awful - When I was nine my family and I took a trip to New York City. I had never seen such a big place before also I and never seen homeless people either. When i first saw...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F Jul 5, 2011

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    Homeless Person - WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS? AND WHAT, HOW ARE WE ACTS OF THIS  A SEEN OF  PERSON HOMELESS PERSON HOMELESSNESS         ...
    geminiable24 geminiable24 18-21 Jan 25, 2010

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    I work in Baltimore. I see them everyday. The man who sleeps on a manhole on the sidewalk that has steam coming up through it just so he doesn't freeze to death. The young man who...
    seahawk665 seahawk665 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    How Did They Get There? - I was in London one night and I walked past quite a few homeless people. I didn't stop, I didn't stare, I didn't give them anything (I didn't have...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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    Dancing Dave - Yesterday I stopped in a new store with space to let for a reasonable cost. I was talking to the owner and his son about a space for me and the possible location in...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F Oct 16, 2013

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    I Have Seen Many - I always see homeless people. Every time i go into NYC i see them. I hate to say it but i am generally unfazed by them. It is just one of those unfortunate...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    My Brother Is Homeless - i haven't seen my brother since 1988, i recently came across an article about a donald clouser who was bicycling cross country from ca to pa, his place of...
    shedaisyfarkle shedaisyfarkle 41-45 1 Response Aug 13, 2009

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    What Is A Homeless Person? -  A homeless person is more complex than the stereotype of a job-less, lazy person begging for change on the corner of the street. People become...
    geminiable24 geminiable24 18-21 Jan 26, 2010

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    Not Too Many Around Here - but I live in one of those mid-south city-towns with a 20-30k population. everybody's got money, a job, or family. I've been to some cities, though. New...
    pratyekayan pratyekayan 18-21, M Sep 23, 2010

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    I Ve Been Homeless Too - ive been homeless too with my daughter, back in 2001 i lefted abusive 20year reltaionship my daughter was 8 at the time we went to a womens domistic...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 6 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    Isn't it heartbreaking that someone should be on the streets at Christmas ? It's bad enough any other time but at this season where happy families are bustling all over the place...
    Missreedy Missreedy 31-35 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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    Homeless - My cousin had lost his father and then his son . He completely disappeared although we all were searching . One day my sister recognized a homeless man picking up cans...
    redheadsrule redheadsrule 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    Smile - One day I saw a homeless person. He was my age. I smiled at him. He smiled back. I'll never forget that. It made my day. Despite all the **** that that individual is going...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 18-21, F 4 Responses May 24, 2011

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    My Story - When I was younger I would cry everytime I saw a homeless person, i would literally BEG my mom to give them something..some kind of money and all i would ever heae her...
    bOObsMaGee bOObsMaGee 22-25, F Aug 11, 2008

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    My Brother Was Homeless - my older brother chose to be homeless. he lived in the streets for 30 years, 10 years since we last saw him at my moms funeral. two weeks ago, we...
    rsanchez756 rsanchez756 51-55 1 Response May 20, 2012

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    My father once told me, "If a homeless person asks you for money, offer a meal instead of money." Today, that's exactly what happened. I was in a Subway today and a guy came up...
    Nijima Nijima 41-45, M Mar 26

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    Well, if you want to get technical, I still am. I'm still in and out of a few of the shelters in my area. However, I know this is a temporary situation that was meant to teach me...
    Mariposa85 Mariposa85 26-30, F Apr 8

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    I have more or less been homeless since I was 15. I left a bad home life and started riding the rails as a hobo. I learn about as much as you can learn from the old timers I meet...
    craig12345678 craig12345678 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 28

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    When I was 19 I was homeless for 4 months. My boyfriend of 3 years at the time decided he wanted to spend all our money on indulgences in stead of paying our rent and then...
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    There lot's homeless people in the world, what their government doing about it,, nothing just like are ,,,people every country have people homeless ,why the leader lay down there...
    pullupgirl103 pullupgirl103 31-35, F Apr 7

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    I have moved place to place for far too long. Firstly at the age of 19 I was chucked out by my mother, which was no fault of my own as she was menopausal and horrible. I then moved...
    vic0023 vic0023 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I am homeless. Help in cleveland.
    Andrewjohniv Andrewjohniv 31-35, M Mar 28

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    I think that's very sad. I'm gonna research why this happens. War is no joke and I think it's sad that someone who's already been through so much should have to face a whole other...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    I have away a sum of over £10,000 to charities that help homeless people last year. I feel good about that.
    projectgwyn101 projectgwyn101 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I saw a ufo a few years ago but what I saw matched nothing in other sightings so I never reported it. I was with a group of friends in my jacuzzi when one came out of the woods...
    madyo madyo 18-21, F Mar 17

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