Oh Robyn. You’re so silly. All this ranting and all these questions you have about the homeless which are so easy to answer.
1. Where did the homeless get money for cigarettes and booze?
From the same place everybody else gets money. Other people. Some people get money from other people by creating value in exchange for money. This is called having a job. Some people get money from other people by voting Democrat. This is called welfare. Some people get money from other people by telling stories. This is called panhandling. It’s a good gig if you can get it.
When I lived in Houston there was a man who worked the same downtown street corner every day. Whenever I encountered him I’d stop and watch for a while. He used the same line on everybody who went by.
“I just got out of prison today and I’m trying to get enough money to buy a bus ticket to get back to my family in Alabama.”
From my observations he would get a bill from about one in four people that he talked to (not people who walked past him, but those who stopped to listen and sometimes talk). Even at a dollar each if he talks to 400 people a day he makes $100.
Downtown Fort Collins isn’t as wealth saturated as downtown Houston, but not everyone walking the sidewalks in Old Town is homeless. The hipsters make it look like there are more homeless than there really are.
Not all homeless people are as poor as they look. Some of them make a very good living. Simply because a person is homeless does not mean this person doesn’t have welfare and food stamps coming in. These benefits now go straight to a debit card. You don’t need a mailing address anymore. Being homeless doesn’t mean you don’t have a bank account.
If you’re doing it right you can make damn good money panhandling.
Recently, I’ve noticed the same group of three guys and one woman at my exit, although each appears on a different day. Was this a well-organized group, rotating systematically to off-ramps within a few miles? Possibly.
So let’s say a homeless person’s job of choice is washing windshields at 25 cents a pop. In 12 hours they can wash around 350-450 windshields. That would land them making anywhere from 100-120 dollars per day. At this rate, this person would make about 30-40K of untaxed income per year, which is quite shocking. This is shocking considering some families don’t even make 30-40K per year. Washing windows on Michigan Avenue, or Lake Shore Drive can make you some serious bank.
Overall, I would say that a reasonable estimate for how much can be made in begging / panhandling is $15 per hour, which is about $30,000 per year and more than graduate students in my engineering department make.
After a month of not being able to get any money saved I realized how day labor just takes advantage of down-trodden folks, so I decided to spange (spare any change). In my first 2 hours made $22. That was above average, one day I made $80 in 10 minutes, that was amazing.
Similarly, a former Denver City Council president claimed to know panhandlers who made hundreds of dollars per week, or even per day. City Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth said, “I know some people are making $150 to $300 or $400 a day. There are some people who are in desperate situations but many who are panhandling for a living.” One hesitates to generalize from such stories, though.
Not all homeless people are poor. Or homeless. Don’t make assumptions based on appearance or the story they tell.
Not only is this money tax free but they don’t need a business license the way everyone else does. Want to sell food from a cart downtown? You need permission from the government and have to pay taxes.
Want to smoke, drink and puke in the flowerbeds while being obnoxious to people and begging for money? No license required. No taxes paid. But enough about college students. Let’s get back to talking about homeless people.
2. You are not being harassed by these homeless people.
It’s impossible for homeless people to harass you because homeless people rank higher on the totem pole of political correctness than you do. Let me illustrate this with an example.
You mentioned dirty jokes.
If you overheard a white man who works for a living telling a dirty joke to another white man who works for a living you could have those white men fired from their jobs because you are offended and that’s harassment. And in fact this did happen. I give you Donglegate.
The reason you could get away with this is because you are a woman. As a woman you have more victim points than a white man who works for a living.
Homeless people, because they serve a greater purpose to the political system, have more victim points than you do. Thus if you overhear a homeless man telling a dirty joke to another homeless man there’s nothing you can do about it. They have more victim points.
Homeless trumps woman in the hierarchy of political correctness.
3. You know what else homeless trumps? Paying customers.
Paying customers aren’t being harassed by homeless people because paying customers have money. Money is evil. That’s why the government wants more of your money. To purify you.
The Truth Hurts
Those homeless people exist because people want those homeless people to exist. Homelessness can be ended in less than one week.
Solution 1: If everyone who claims to care about homeless people took a homeless person home with them and helped that person get his life together – solved. Why does this not happen? Because saying “I care” is easier than doing something.
Solution 2: If the government took $87 million and divided it up amongst the homeless of Fort Collins 435 people could receive $200,00 each – solved. What did the government of Fort Collins do with $87 million you might wonder. The Max Transhit Boondoggle.
Liberals who care about the homeless.