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Today, I was walking to work when a homeless man walked up to me and asked for money. When I told him I didn't have any cash he began screaming, "Enjoy your lunch today! I'm starving and I get to eat out of a trash can!" Just when I was starting to feel bad for him, his cell phone rang. MMT

#384 (5) - Aug 19, 2009 by Q - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (3167) - No, that made me sleepy. (177)


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Why? Is he going to eat the phone? Cell phones are not a luxury item for the homeless. They are the only chance that the homeless person has to get a job and get out of their current situation. Here are some articles that confirm this: - http://www.sptimes.com/2007/04/09/Hillsborough/Wireless_a_lifeline_f.shtml - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/22/AR2009032201835.html - http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/11918491.html - http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/06/16/its-2009-its-okay-fo.html

well said cclio. also there are many government funded programs for low-income cell phones where you can get a cell phone for a dollar a month or some other low amount. so before you judge someone for having a cell phone, maybe you should think about all the low income people who NEED that just as much as they need food.

Agreed with the above posts. I was at a fast food joint getting and sat behind a obviously homeless man. About halfway through my meal his phone rang. My first response was, "Why does he have a phone?" Then I realized that he wouldn't have any other way for potential employers to contact him. As I listened to him speak about having been in the shelter for a week now and not having bus fare to get a potential interview the next day I also realized that he doesn't really have a choice. Unless he can't pay and his service gets shut off (in which case he'll have a huge overdraft fee for that and the cancellation fee) he has the plan until it ends. He was also not just a lazy drain on society, he was one of the many people who've lost their homes and jobs because of the recession. I snuck up when he was talking and shoved a wad of paper filled with quarters onto his table, enough bus fare for 2 trips (it was all the cash I had). He didn't notice, but I hope it helped.

I had a close friend who had a homeless dad. We went to see him one day and she pulled out her cell phone to call him and my first thought was, "Why would he have a cell phone?" Then I realized she bought her dad a phone so she could call him and find him whenever she went to visit.

While I see no problem with the homeless man having a cell-phone, I would have been very put off by the yelling and guilt tripping. It's a terrible thing to do and makes some people less likely to help later.

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