I am sure there are plenty of people who assistance who don’t make it obvious to everyone and aren’t parasitic to society. It is just the bad apples that really stick out. I have had my life threatened multiple times for not returning equipment when customers refused to pay. They were ALWAYS this type. Unfortunately you get pretty biased pretty quick when some nut threatens to kill you. I am sure you can understand me wanting to just avoid them altogether.
I do work for other service businesses and we all have the same stories. I have worked for many auto mechanics, plumbers, HVAC, electricians, and other trades that routinely have to deal with the general public. They tell the same stories and all dread the times of the month when the government assistance benefits come out. A lot of this comes out around the 1st few days of the month and that is when the real winners come out of the woodwork.
I am all for helping people but only if they are willing to help themselves and not pull the nonsense we have all experienced due to the bad ones. A few new homeless shelters and assistance centers have opened up in the area. One opened up downtown. The amount of trash and feces since this started is quite bad. Right now we seem to be in a lull for this bad stuff. Apparently the city got after the shelter because of all the problems and complaints so they weeded out some of the bad apples and sent them down the road to be a problem elsewhere. Businesses put up “No Trespassing” and “No Loitering” signs when this came to town.
Apparently one of the commonly requested donations at these shelters is camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, coolers, and chairs. Well, these camps have been popping up out in the woods or along the local rivers. I have come across multiples of these. The people just abandon EVERYTHING when they move along, leaving a massive trash pile. The sad part is that a lot of that camping gear was basically new when it was left out in the woods to rot. Sure, it wasn’t top of the line stuff but any working family would be happy to have it to take their kids on camping trips. Instead it is just left to rot since the recipients know they can get new stuff at the next shelter they go to and it is easier to leave it rather than take it with them.
I called the local forestry office and brought this up to them. They were well-aware and said it was a routine problem for them and that it was too bad most of this otherwise decent camping gear went to waste so frequently. Guess who picks this up? ME! I filled an old tent up with trash this last weekend, dragged it across a small river, and hauled this mess out in the back of my truck. There was also a bunch of old clothing as well that looks like it was basically new before they left it to rot out in the elements.
I am all for helping people but have a problem when they work the system and aren’t willing to help themselves,