If you have been downtown enough, you would realize these kids are sent out and "managed" by an adult to do this. At times they do harass people for money, and I think one could pretty easily draw the conclusion that they are being harassed to collect more money. It isn't harmless to the children, "Gofigure."
I once saw a girl around the age of 8 crying on King and stopped to ask her where her mother was, if she was lost. Some boys, one about the same age as her and one around 12 or so (selling the palmetto flowers) approached and said she was with them. I asked her if she was okay and she nodded. I saw them about 20 minutes later in a storefront exchanging and counting money. These kids parents are the ones who need to be punished for sending their young kids out alone (or being vaguely observed by another young minor) to peddle. I feel awful for them with the holes in their shoes and unwashed clothes, but I feel like it's part of the ploy. It's child abuse in my eyes, Javet, not entrepreneurship. These kids don't get to *be* kids.
So let me get this straight, suicide-ideation that does not end in suicide is a negative thing? This moment could have given everyone "affected" a moment of pause for reflection and consideration on things of significance, but instead just overly-simplistic tantrums over not getting to Whole Foods or whatever "crisis" you were in became the most important thing in this big wide world. You are not the only person here. You are not the only one who is important. If a guy needs five minutes or five hours to contemplate whether he wants to BE here or not, that IS a big deal, and he is not a coward for deciding to stand still. Have a little patience.
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