<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>After dropping out of college, she took an office job, which proved "too rigid and stressful," so she hit the road. <p><hr></blockquote><p>One of the kids left a job because she felt it wasn't her thing. Granted there are fewer jobs and there are other go-getters out there who do deserve to work but the attitude is what bothers me more -- "eh..this is just too stressful, I think I'll beg (or spang) for awhile." If the guy giving her his change out of his salary knew this...would he still give her the money?<br><br>my 2 cents (which is staying right in my pocket) <br><br>
I wonder what's going to happen to these kids when things get tough. They think it's fun now, but as they get older, it's not going to remain so much fun. What will they do if they get sick? I don't think panhandling has a medical plan.<br><br>The thing that bugs me is (esp. the one that had a job and quit) is that it takes attention away from people who are really down on their luck and need help.<br><br>Bunch of spoiled brats.<br><br>
Since they've got all sorts of freebies, why wouldn't they think health insurance won't be given to them as well? I usually feel sorry for the people I do see on the streets and seem really down on their luck -- now I'll have to question my good intentions to help a man down on his luck or a young person who's chosen this kind of life.<br><br>
there are many people with disabilities (both cognitive and mental) that really do have difficulty functioning in the real world. these kids may or may not have conditions that have an effect on their ability to function...i would guess that there is a mix, but i still think that the article went out of its way to glamorize their situation and that the freebies are fewer and more far between than was implied. i think the fact that the couple (i can't remember specifics now) stated that they were thinking of moving to philly is an indication that it's not all rosey. <br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Given that I can't speak for the homeless I only have that article to react to. If the article is correct (and lord knows those are few and far between) then these teenagers are experiencing a very cushy homeless life. <br><br>
I used to work with a guy that was homeless for a period of time. Long ago he was a social worker, and decided to give everything up for a chance to travel through Europe. While overseas, he backpacked and worked his way around shelters and the like. Upon returning to the US, he had absolutely nothing. In fact, he even lived AT my old job for a week or two. Nonetheless, he got his butt in gear and worked like crazy. It meant walking many miles a day in all weather to catch buses... but he did it. Today, he's in the nursing field, living in a nice place and about to (if not already) get married.<br><br>What I get from the article is that these kids don't want to put in the effort... the effort that's required to be an adult. If their situations require more effort than the average person... well whoop dee doo! Welcome to real life! Social programs that just hand things to these kids without any work required in return are only making the problem worse.<br><br>
what social program hands things to these kids?<br><br>i guess the thing that makes me leery is that this is a very, very, very limited sample that may not be as representative of the population at all -- at least as we're thinking here. another thing that worries me is that the 80s were filled with talk radio commentators (e.g., rush) spewing off about the welfare queen. that campaign was very successful and lead to welfare reform, which i think has had more negative consequences than positive ones...but, the law was easy to pass because everyone believed that only lazy people having kids for extra money were on welfare. so, i am wondering what "social" program is now being targeted and, if it's not a gov't program, then who cares how private companies choose to give away their money (i guess stockholders should, but us???).<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Every article glamorizes something, but I'm here to tell you it's a fairly accurate account. I see these kids in Starbucks, in hotel lobbies in department stores, and at every damn street corner. Especially in Union Square and the West Village. They're for real, sad to say.<br><br>
i don't doubt that there are kids like they're described. my worry is that people in real need are also benefitting from the programs that these kids benefit from (not necessarily just the old navy things) and that they'd miss out because everyone focuses on these kids. i also wonder why the public chooses to give to people who look otherwise healthy and able? can't fault the kids for generous people in our society...i never give to panhandlers because i have no way of knowing if they'd just waste it on booze or drugs...i have volunteered in a soup kitchen (it was actually a sunrise cafe) and that seemed more appropriate to me. in any regard, how many people want to spend their days begging for money? to me, that's a lot of work for tiddlywinks. <br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
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