Troy Carrington 
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Re: “Charleston's anti-panhandlers are envious of the homeless

Speaking as person who "almost" became a working homeless (yes, they do exist), I was fortunate to find affordable housing in Los Angeles at my pay rate. I lived there for five years, dealing with three changes of ownership, with one being an idiot that thought he could circumvent the laws of pre-1977 housing. He eventually lost the property for failure to pay taxes on it.
Simple truth, the homeless, the destitute, the down-trodden, range from immigrants to just released prisoners shunned by their family, to people that you might want to understand that they simply want a hand up not a hand out. Sure there is the image of Hobo Joe portrayed by Buddy Ebsen in "The Andy Griffith Show" conspiring to lead Opie and his friends to do his bidding, but most people are and were just getting by, living day to day and wonder where the next meal is going to come from.
People sometimes make bad choices in life, it's not for us to judge. People sometimes get lost in the maze of booze or drugs or my all-time fave, state sanctioned gambling (aka lotto) or they fall off the deep end when something so traumatic happens in their life, they can't pull up their bootstraps and go on. They lose the house because of corporate greed with financing they should have an attorney translate into english. Been there and the feeling is lower than low.
As for these people paying for a helicopter to spot homeless tent cities, how about you take that money, time and effort to donate work or products to a local food bank, a charity, or a church helping people, not being the self appointed sheriff or vigilante.
Remember "for the grace of God, go I".....remember it only takes the loss of a job for a month or two to drop you in a hole. That hole is might hard to get out of when the rain is coming down and everytime you try and grab, the soil comes off in your hand.

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Posted by Troy Carrington on April 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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