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Old 01-08-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Default Reason #817 I don't give change to homeless people

Today I had a disturbing experience when I left the Bart station in downtown sf.

A mid to late 40s black man came up and asked me for change. I rarely give out spare change. I don't like to pull out my wallet.

I politely declined.

Next thing I know is he was speaking the most venomous words to me.

I'll paraphrase:
What, you won't give me any change. Stupid B. I bet you would <insert a ton of sexual expletives> with a white man. Stupid black Bs think you are too good for me but you ain't .....

He followed me to the edge of the staircase ranting and raving about my b*tchiness and worthlessness.

I ignored him.

This was definitely the most aggressive language I have seen when denying a homeless person.

I wonder if he thought I would feel like giving him some change after that tirade. Or what exactly that was going to accomplish.

How many of you have had a similar ridiculous experience?


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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It's been a long time, but I've also had run-ins with panhandlers.

That sounds like a difficult way to start the day, Jade. You have my sympathy.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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I never even acknowledge them. You never know when you'll get a psycho, and I guarantee that the vast majority of beggars turn around and spend the money on drugs or booze.

Bay Area cities and SF in particular give a ton of aid to the homeless with taxpayer money. If they want aid they can get it. If they want to harrass me for beer money, forget it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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Homeless horror stories. Psychos constitute like 5% of homeless. Most of them are just drug addicts who have given up on life. I usually just give them change and wish them luck.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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I've been jumped by mod cut homeless before, and wrote about it on another forum. I was literally in a bear hug by a huge black guy, about 6'3 and 250 pounds. Luckily I still have my teeth.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:09 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Originally Posted by 0'Farrell View Post
Homeless horror stories. Psychos constitute like 5% of homeless. Most of them are just drug addicts who have given up on life. I usually just give them change and wish them luck.
Pretty much all of them have mental health issues. I'm not going to gamble on whether Hobo Joe is having a good day or not.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:17 PM
 
Location: oakland / berkeley
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I never carry cash in any city. So, it's impossible for me to give anything. Just a wave and "sorry, I don't carry change."
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:27 PM
 
Location: The Bay
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I've been jumped by mod cutd homeless before, and wrote about it on another forum. I was literally in a bear hug by a huge black guy, about 6'3 and 250 pounds. Luckily I still have my teeth.

If you don't mind reposting your story or linking to it I'd be interested to read it.

Last edited by Sam I Am; 01-10-2013 at 09:06 AM..
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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Pretty much all of them have mental health issues. I'm not going to gamble on whether Hobo Joe is having a good day or not.
The mentally ill are no more likely to commit crimes than anybody else. They are actually more likely to be victims of crime.

-from my high school psychology class lol

Seems to be true in my experience to be honest.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Meth capital of the world.
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I almost never carry money............sorry doped-out zombies!
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