Good Morning,
I just read this piece and found it most reprehensible behavior on the part of the homeless fellow. What a prick, this man is! Yeah, sure the homeless deserve our respect and charity, if possible. But this man is an outrage. If it is true that beggars can't choosers then they shouldn't be assholes either. How terribly uncivil of him.

I, too have tried to assist the homeless on the street with a food voucher. Once, I was met with disdain. He wanted money instead and got irritated with me. That did it. I'll help in some other way. But, I refuse to rendered assistance AND take abuse.

Please correct me if I'm wrong but that was a piece of fiction. I'm not saying it doesn't depict something that could take place, but I don't believe that interaction actually did take place.

One night I was out for a walk because my fiancee and I had had a fight (don't remember what it was we got married all is well) when I came across a homeless man loudly cursing at his bicycle and the world. He had purchased the wrong tube to fix his flat tire and was screaming about how the shop had cheated him. Normally this is the kind of thing I would stay on the other side of the street and avoid (apparently crazy man screaming at the world late at night holding a knife trying to widen the valve hole in his rim). Instead I went up to him and offered to help fix his bike. I went home, grabbed some tools to as well as some food and a beer. Went back (I had said I would return, he was shocked that I did) gave him the food and beer fixed the bike and as I was leaving gave him a little money and wished him well. This made him very happy he opened up to me.

The racism poured out. He has had a really rough time and he blames it on black people (not the term he used). I can't remember what I said, something about treating everyone equally and then quickly extricating myself from the situation. Something weak. I resolve going into a Trump presidency to do my best to both treat people with kindness and to try to confront their (and my) biases. It's fucking hard and awkward as hell and necessary.
@2 Wow.
I also work with the homeless, and also have heard the Republican hate talking points parroted by the mentally ill.

Propaganda is simplistic and gives the downtrodden and simple and paranoid an easy villian to pin their troubles on: the people maybe a rung up the ladder.

"Pull those moochers down a rung, and I'd be a rung higher!"

Not seeing the puppet masters pulling their strings.

It worked for Hitler, and it's worked for Republicans for decades.

We just need to keep the faith that people can overcome their prejudices by the good works of others.
@2, that's a powerful story, but as a bike mechanic I'm wondering what tools you would have brought to fix this particular problem. Did you bring a cordless drill and a drill bit to drill his rim to accept Schrader valves?

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