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I Saw a Homeless Person

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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 a variety of responses. Correction, that’s not right – I got only three responses one of which seemed a bit flippant. I know how sometimes a trend of...
    2Buddies 2Buddies 46-50, M Oct 14, 2010

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    This happened this winter.

    He stopped in at the bar and sat next to me to escape the cold. A homeless Vietnam veteran, all he wanted to do was get warm and couldn't care less about the merrymaking around him. We talked. He marveled at the technology of modern-day and rambled on and on. The bartender...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M Jun 23

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    Homeless Person

    WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS? AND WHAT, HOW ARE WE ACTS OF THIS  A SEEN OF  PERSON HOMELESS PERSON HOMELESSNESS              is the condition of and social category of people who don't have a regular house or dwelling because they...
    geminiable24 geminiable24 18-21 Jan 25, 2010

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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 man. Now let me translate. "Thank God for having dishes to wash because that's how you know you got food to eat. I LOVE washing dishes...
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F Jan 19, 2010

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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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    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, I walk home from work, and every day, I pass this man. Now, this particular man is of no romantic interest to me...
    yottsa yottsa 18-21, F May 10, 2009

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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 birth,and as soon as i saw the picture i knew right away this man was him! i am on a ongoing search for him to get him home...
    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 homeless for a variety of reasons, like being cut off from public assistance or losing a job. Homelessness can affect anyone at...
    geminiable24 geminiable24 18-21 Jan 26, 2010

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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 aspects of life. There are times i may feel for them and i often end up giving them change. I do feel a little pang in my...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    He looked at me and said "I haven't eaten in

    two days." So I said "you should force yourself."
    Flangas Flangas 31-35, M Jul 18

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    A homeless person asked me

    for some change so he could get a meal ... I said ok would you like to have lunch with me he said yes and we walked to a restaurant....he told me to never do what I did again ever I said why he says that some of the other homeless people would have dragged me in an alley and...
    Endlesslover Endlesslover 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    Holding A Piece Of Cardboard Reading "ufo Broken, Need Parts"

    A couple days after moving to Colorado, while sitting at a stop light in Denver, I saw a homeless guy holding a card board sign reading, "UFO broken, need parts."  He certainly made me think.  
    PeAcE4aLL09 PeAcE4aLL09 26-30, M Jan 19, 2010

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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 pushing their bike or shopping cart, however, it makes me upset too when you see them drinking out of a brown paper bag or...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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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 everywhere I looked there was a homeless person.  The old man sitting on the same bench day after day talking to himself. ...
    RainbowsandAngels RainbowsandAngels 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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    The 5 Cent Coin

    I was coming from the doctors, at the end of a long working day. Flu, coughs, etc.  It was 6pm, already dark here in Sydney. I was on my way to the train station at the upper end of Martin Place. Just at the top of the stairs, I noticed a 5 cent coin on the pavement. First, I...
    AgeingThinker AgeingThinker 61-65, M 2 Responses May 12, 2012

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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 started rambling about her pathetic life; how her husband beat her and her children so she left, and now is homeless. I quickly felt robbed after I...
    newbmuzik newbmuzik 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2013

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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 anything to give them anyway), I just carried on walking. I'm very suspicious of homeless people because I saw a documentary (I...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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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 anyways my mom and I were at the hair salon really late and I was hungry so she drove me up to Subway. We parked and were walked up to the door...
    kh46 kh46 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 26, 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 one I cried I felt so bad. i couldn't believe that there were people who lived like that.
    howsab howsab 31-35, F Jul 5, 2011

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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 received a letter from the coroners office that he passed away . apparently, he fell from his bicycle and died from head trauma. i...
    rsanchez756 rsanchez756 51-55 1 Response May 20, 2012

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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 overladen with shopping bags and so much love and happiness in the air but they can only look through the windows of shops...
    Missreedy Missreedy 31-35 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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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 volince shelter  we had nothing but eachother just the close on our backs so now when i see a homeless person i give...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 6 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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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 it was a girl. She must have been about 18 or 20. I felt bad because she was at the exit part of the mall and this lead to a...
    onceasailor onceasailor 46-50, M 8 Responses Feb 2, 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 the effects of those that seem to enable people with negative life issues like alcohol, drug or felonies. One guy I...
    JustaTouch JustaTouch 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 17, 2013

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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 say is that they might not use that money for food or water or clothing...it was so very sad to me. Two years...
    bOObsMaGee bOObsMaGee 22-25, F Aug 11, 2008

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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 that I saw was walking with a cane and barefoot. He had just a few tattered items on and carried a small...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 9, 2007

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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 to sleep. I was thrown out while I was still in High School. I did live with my friends in shifts and kinda drifted, but...
    drcynic drcynic 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 11, 2008

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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 7 or so years. In the last year it's gotten REALLY bad, he stopped showering and stinks to high heaven, reeks of urine...
    cssoulsearching cssoulsearching 26-30, F Feb 17, 2011

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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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    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 my mom to send me my money. During that time, I met him. I get some help from him to delete my facebook, twitter account in the...
    n22dle n22dle 31-35 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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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 her", a young boy, well, young to me, he was about 19 or so, pulled his car over and gave the woman some...
    keyna keyna 36-40, F Aug 10, 2008

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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 York is crazy... In San Antonio a man approached me, sixteen with my beard and long-hair, his arms and eyes wide, "Jesus!" I...
    pratyekayan pratyekayan 18-21, M Sep 23, 2010

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    Homelessness If I had some money the first

    thing I will do is make some homes for the homeless. Secondly fight cases of those wrongly confined in prison. At least 5 of them. Everyday when I go out in the morning, I see number of people sleeping outside on the footpath or on the roads. This makes me cringe. How can any...
    aproudwoman aproudwoman 41-45, F 1 Response May 24

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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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    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 baseball player to the one that melts me, "a mommy." :) Have you ever had a child answer, "I wanna be homeless!" No... We don't...
    Freedom901 Freedom901 36-40, F Sep 22, 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 is always on the pier talking to himself, but always smiles and says "hi" to me when I pass by. The man and woman who tag team at the...
    seahawk665 seahawk665 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 31

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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&j sandwich and some hot chocolate for him. But when were got there to deliver it him he was gone. I felt bad I...
    Melody08 Melody08 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2008

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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 to be freaked out , who are nervous, or just think homeless are lazy people. I got off the bus one morning and I saw this lady strangely standing...
    Bonnieee Bonnieee 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2011

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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, & go drink it up or get high. One time a guy asked for a dollar to buy food. I offered him a fresh bagel and he yelled at...
    Brandi5 Brandi5 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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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 the shop. We measured off a space two feet by four feet at the back of the main room. I was about to agree on the...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F Oct 16, 2013

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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 through, he smiled. How powerful.
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 18-21, F 4 Responses May 24, 2011

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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 really suprising how many homeless people there are in my town. for being a small town it has a huge number...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 11, 2008

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    Happy Story

    I went to a theater when I was little and there was a homeless person outside.  We gave him money almost every time we saw him.   Maybe every time!   One day, we went there, and he wasn't there! I think that he got enough money for something.
    Volcano7 Volcano7 13-15, M May 31, 2010

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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 start to wonder what they think about us. They probably do have a lot of time to people watch and I wonder what there thoughts are...
    averagejo averagejo 18-21 3 Responses Aug 12, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I'm a music school teacher. Looking nice and smelling good, is important when you work with students all day long, I think. Therefore I shower before work and I chew gum during...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 10

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    I use to be homeless when I was younger. Is it weird that I actually enjoyed being homeless? First time I was homeless, I had a job, went to school, and went to therapy. I...
    strawberry99 strawberry99 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    For a year and a half. I was a bad drug addict and I was 17/18 and I was living with my sister and I ran away from her and her husbands house. All I had was my bookbag filled with...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I filed bankruptcy last week. I have about four more months left of my rental lease and then I won't have any place to live. I can't afford to stay where I'm at I'm struggling to...
    Abbygirl123 Abbygirl123 41-45, F Aug 2

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    I am a 25 year old single mother of 3 children under the age of 7. I have a low paying part time job (the first one i've been able to find in 3 years) and my own vehicle. We lost...
    KayCoffie25 KayCoffie25 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I have not lost hope. I will find work soon. I will get back on top. Being homeless does not define me. I will not be defeated.
    MissinMySon MissinMySon 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 29

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    Damn! Whoever said that life improves by adaption doesn’t know what they are talking about. We all risk falling into the abyss. I have been sleeping in my car for 5 days - but I...
    TheSteps TheSteps 41-45, M 6 days ago

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    I was homeless for a couple years. I went around the country and slept in apartments, mobile homes and cheap motels. I mostly slept on the streets. One night, I was sleeping in...
    SorrowofHeart SorrowofHeart 51-55, F 5 days ago

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