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:
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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