I have reservations about helping homeless people. I wasn’t always this way. Back when I used to SKATE, my friends and I would hang out with bums all the time. Not only were we using them for entertainment, homeless people for the most part were pretty neat. A lot of them actually had talents like singing or breaking parking meters so we found them quite useful.
But as I got older driving around town, I notice the same homeless people at the same street corners every day. And every time, I see these “Good Samaritans” offer up some change. One particular time, there was this male prostitute begging for money and then handing it over to this big black dude, who I’m assuming is his pimp.
But I think the final straw for me was seeing this report on beggars on the local news. These guys can make up to $20-40 an hour, depending on the area. No wonder they are lazy! They’re making more than the majority of Americans by just sitting there with a sign with some pathetic look plastered on their face! Screw that. At least collect plastic bottles like the immigrants who risk their lives coming here for an honest wage.
Anyway, while hanging out in Athens with my shorty, we saw this little kid pointing his laser pen into peoples’ eyes. It was pretty funny. But after observing him for a while, it got a little sad.
As he walked around with poo smelling clothes and holy shoes, the novelty of this kid blinding people with his laser quickly wore off. I do see poor people every day living in Los Angeles. I used to live near skin row when downtown was still trying to come up and I saw some crazy things out there. Boning prostitutes in the streets, drug deals in the portables, bum fights over sleeping bags and so on. But witnessing a kid living in this state is pretty depressing. These gypsy kids were born into it.
In this slice of life, you will see this boy pickpocket somebody. It happens really fast so don’t blink. He’s good.