Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Horrible and Nasty

I am a little upset tonight while remembering an incident in Bourke Street Mall in town today. I don't give beggars money but they are human beings and if not harassing people,  then let them ply their silent begging trade and respect them as not fitting terribly well into society and our generally materialistic society.

I did not see his face but I saw that he was wearing a suit. As he passed by a sleeping, presumably homeless person, who had his dog cuddled up to him, he flung a twenty cent piece at the sleeping bloke's face and the guy woke up, as did his dog in alarm. The sleeper called out bastard at the suit who was by then well past.

Australia has a reasonable social security system that is almost ok, but can be wanting in some areas. It is arguable that no one needs to live on the streets, but many do. We can ignore people sleeping on the streets with a fairly clear conscience.

But what that bloke did today was plainly cruel and nasty. Why are people like that? Maybe there had been an incident I don't know about? If there wasn't, it was just so nasty.

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  1. That was so wrong. Self respect is such a fragile thing. The only reason I can figure that people demean others is to make themselves look superior and they are so not.

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  2. He must have blown a business deal, or his kids maybe wanted a better cell phone, or his wife bitched over something and he decided to take it out on the most vulnerable being available. Probably a very unhappy person behind the fancy suit. Possibly his actions had nothing to do with the homeless guy but rather his own unhappy existence?

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    1. Strayer, you may well be correct.

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  3. Awful.
    Sadly the numbers of people who live on the street is increasing. And for some of them there are no viable options.
    My relatively affluent city has the second highest number of homeless of any of our capital cities. And cheap rent here is often out of reach of income support payments.

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    1. We have that here too, the rising rents are horrible for people and driving so many out onto the streets.

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    2. EC, it is interesting that you can find extremely poor people in a wealthy city, and I doubt your town is alone with that.

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  4. Like EC said, cheap rent is often out of reach. Added to that, public housing has an extremely long waiting list and for desperate homeless people, fitting the criteria to be housed is sometimes impossible.
    Fancy suit guy needs a lesson in kindness.

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    1. River, the suit needs a punch on the nose.

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  5. It's a sad fact Andrew, some people are just by nature nasty.. I mean, look at Trump, he has everything and yet he's the nastiest man! Go figure!

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    1. Grace, I prefer not to look at Trumpet, but your point is valid. Nasty man.

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  6. Some people have nothing but disgust for people who have not made a success of their life we do not know their story, I have learnt not to judge your first impression and some people are just plain evil even if their lives have everything, they are not happy unless they make others feel bad.
    Merle..................

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    1. Merles, that is sad but true.

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  7. Anonymous7:51 am

    You said the man in the suit should be punched in the nose?!? You are as bad as him.

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    1. I never approve of violence, but even so, if he was punched on the nose, that would be reactive violence rather than what the man did which was a nasty spiteful action.

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  8. I was surprised at the amount of homeless folk on the streets last weekend. Maybe I was just taking more notice than usual as I did my photo marathon. And you're right, unjustified behaviour, even if something else had happened earlier.

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    1. Fen, I suppose some are proffessional homeless and some are just homeless, but we do have a lot of them. Per capita, Canberra has the most.

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