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and it will solve all his problems? right?
Try being constructive. You live in a community with homeless, so do something about it. Start with volunteering one night a month at a pantry. It might mean you have to enter a church or be around smelly people or sweep a floor or lift some produce onto shelves--but you'll know you're doing something about it, which is better than complaining.
If you feel the need to give him something, that's fine, but the best thing you can offer is a job for money or food. If you can't do that tell him where he can go for food and shelter. You'll know where these places are because you volunteer there.
The homeless don't need to be judged, insulted, or hurt. They do need recognize that they can't go on living like this. Nobody should.
Shoot him with a paint ball gun while he is sleeping, he will never come back.
You call 311 when you find a bum sleeping in your lobby.
You call 911 when you find a bum murdering someone in your lobby.
It's a Chicago thing.
What the fuck is up with that avatar?
Steal a purse and then place it on him when he's passed out. Call the cops and report a homeless guy with a purse in your entryway.
Use this, then just call the police in the morning to have them come and free him from the trap and take him into custody
I doubt the fellow views your entry way as a long-term residence. If he was being respectful and not leaving trash there, I'd leave him alone, but his actions warrant reaction. Aside from calling in law enforcement, you could also try to make the entry way uncomfortable. A bright light, an intermittent high-pitch noise, or removing a window to let the cold air in ... all these things could do the trick. Of those I think just keeping the entry way well-lit at night would make the area unattractive.
Bruco actually saw my thread and told me he had the same issue. Said the cops came by, clunked him on the head with their night stick to wake him up, and told him to find a shelter and take a shower. It worked.
I was also commenting to him after having lived in chicago for about 12 years, I have a hard time believing the "hard luck homeless" exist in any sizeable numbers. I'd wager that 98% are just drunk, lazy, and/or mentally unstable.
Girlfriend just said that it was actually two guys that she saw. So perhaps this guy found the place at some point and then invited his buddy into his new digs.
Just tell him to go back to his own condo.
That is a good question. That is kind of messed up. vg3, you Mike Vick bro?
Uhhhh, making the entry way uncomfortable for him also makes it undesirable for owners and prospective buyers. I'd rather just call 311 and have the beat cops check in every so often.
at the same time?
Are you that parent we all know, when their kid is screaming bloody murder for a toy at the local Walmart you pony up and give him the toy, expecting that will solve the problem?
You're also sleeping in the entry way?
It's a temporary action. After a few days you change it back, and he'll be long gone because he's used to picking up and moving to a new place.
mental illness and substance addiction are most of these cases. But there are also runaways--kids who flee their families because there is violence or abuse.
Nobody and I mean NOBODY would chose the "freedom" of the street over a little bit of responsibility for warm food and a roof over their head unless they had issues. But some people might chose to live in the street over a belt whipping at home or the potential for drug violence, etc.
I'm a resident, not the building manager. It's a hell of a lot easier for me to call the cops and have them keep an eye out...and I'm assuming the property company wouldn't want me changing out lights or installing a constant high pitched noise, or removing a window.
Seriously Chitown. Just smash out the window, put in some bright ass flood lights and have a siren that goes off every few minutes.
Maybe spray some gang graffiti on the wall too so it seems "tough".
By the way, how does one go about creating "an intermittent high-pitch noise" in their condo building lobby?
Exactly. Those people you mention constitute the 2% and there are places for those people who want to make a better life for themselves to go.
This post was edited by Chitown_Badger 18 months ago
I like to try to maintain a permanent underclass in society.
I've found one of the best ways to do that is to keep poor people and the homeless dependent on something else besides themselves, that way they 1. have no incentive to change anything and 2. probably couldn't even if they want to. I figured that 5 bucks would be enough to get him to a different part of the city, since he was likely going to have to go over there anyway to buy drugs. I live in the more residential part. Downtown, Northeast and Anacostia are the areas for homeless people. My neighborhood is for white gentrifiers and working poor/retired blacks.
I'd have thrown a few more bucks his way but he started asking for stuff in kind and I only do cash given it's economic efficiency over in-kind transfers. Also more likely to do something self-destructive.
It's a delicate ecosystem.
This post was edited by JMCSpartan08 18 months ago
you pay another homeless person to stand there and scream.
I just lol'd. You and Phil bringing the win of the internets.
Sounds like someone tried that, and the two homeless guys just slept together in the lobby instead.
Buy one of those nuts cold weather sleeping bags that look like a cocoon, go out there while he is sleeping, climb into it on the ground next to him and just start really flopping around. It'll probably really freak him out because what the fuck is that?
This post was edited by All Ages Shows 18 months ago
I live on Barry/Southport. Where are you guys?
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