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Invisibledjfrog
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serendipity + those less fortunate
    #492214 - 12/15/01 07:47 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I keep running into the issue of homelessness on this board, and running into my own personal guilt about my developed apathy in the face of so much poverty around me. A few shroomerites on the board have set an example of reaching out and not just ignoring these people, and this has influenced me in a recent encount.

Tody I was rushing around trying to get some christmas shopping done. I was stressed out and not thinking very fondly of the Christmas season. Waiting for the bus I noticed was missing a receipt that I might need later. So I headed back to the mall checking the ground. As I was searching the ground for the lost receipt, I heard a quiet sobbing. The crying was coming from this kid who looked too young to be alone. He was short and thin. He had no coat. He was just wearing a ragged flannel shirt (hip in Seattle but not really sufficient for the weather we were having). Oddly enough, he was holding a hundred dollar bill in his hand. Thinking that maybe he'd lost his parents, I thought I'd see if I could help him.

He wasn't clear but I could understand what was going. He had three brothers +two sisters. His father had died when he was recently. His mother was busy working, sounds like she always had to work. I guessed they didn't have much. Nevertheless, she had managed to save two hundred dollars to buy her children Christmas presents. The young boy had been dropped off on the way to her second job. He was to use the money to buy presents for all his siblings and save just enough to take the bus home. He didn't get to buy anything though before an older boy grabbed one of the hundred dollar bills and disappeared into the night.
I asked him why he didn't yell for help. The boy said, "I did." I asked if anyone came to help him. This almost made me cry because he just looked down and said no and started to sob. I don't think it was the money so much as everyone ignoring him that had hurt. I realized that when people see others who are so unfortunate ask for help that they feel like they can't do anything. Figuring people would still have that attitude, I took the other hundred dollars and ran.
So I just wanted you all to think about this. Maybe is society was a little better about protecting the less fortunate, they would be able to pick themselves up again.


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Invisiblefuzzysquirelnuts
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Re: serendipity + those less fortunate [Re: djfrog]
    #492217 - 12/15/01 07:52 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

wholy shit what a twist


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InvisibleCherryBomM
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Re: serendipity + those less fortunate [Re: fuzzysquirelnuts]
    #492230 - 12/15/01 08:06 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I thought that you were going to say something like you gave him a hundred dollars or something else that made the end a happy christmas story.

Nope.  I was wrong.  :tongue:


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InvisibleUlysees
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Re: serendipity + those less fortunate [Re: djfrog]
    #492282 - 12/15/01 09:32 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

hehe, that was evil. It reminded me of that Hitchcock (?) movie "Rope" where the two guys killed another guy for kicks, and since he was less of a "man" than they were, it didn't matter. I loved how the one guy was so cool about it, and I love the way you tell of this account.

Other than that, you're a prick.
Remember, the dude in Rope got his in the end...


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InvisibleLallafa
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Re: serendipity + those less fortunate [Re: djfrog]
    #492298 - 12/15/01 10:09 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

LoL


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InvisibleThe_Clash_UK
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Re: serendipity + those less fortunate [Re: djfrog]
    #492731 - 12/16/01 11:34 AM (15 years, 3 months ago)

Yeah man, if someone is lying in the street screaming for help, no one will go over. Specialy if they look homeless.


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