Homeless People of Las Vegas… Here’s Your Hush Money God Bless
So, before you start the hate mail… No. I’m not poking at homeless people. Being homeless really sucks. At one point, I slept in my car for a week with 3 small kids. I’m talking about truly Homeless People. Today, I’m just poking at the code. There’s a ‘Homeless People Code’. It should be followed. I see you outside XYZ store holding your sign, I give you $2 for Hush Money, you say “God Bless You”, we both smile and go about our day. Homeless people and Street Peddlers are 2 different things. In Las Vegas, street peddlers don’t follow this code. Or so my husband found out the other day…
Street Peddlers Are Different Than Homeless People
Here’s what happened (his writing)
As a general rule, I don’t usually give homeless people or the street beggar types cash. It’s actually illegal in Las Vegas to give them money while waiting at a traffic light and handing them food in public parks. You can and will be fined for it. I don’t do it because I’m judgmental or lack compassion. I think it’s more that I would rather close my eyes to their sad state of affairs and refuse to acknowledge that I could easily be in that same position with just a little bit of (more) bad luck.
But sometimes, I do give them a couple bucks. Like yesterday. As I was walking into a pharmacy, there was a disheveled man with a dog. Of course he also had the obligatory cardboard sign that said something, I don’t even remember what. Maybe it was because of the dog, I don’t know… But while in the store I decided I would keep out $2 to give him as I left. After all, what is$2 to me? I had just spent $6 on a single cup of coffee.
As I walked out of the store, I veered off a little and handed the man the $2. I expected the usual “God Bless” crap they usually say. Which always makes me think that if they had the ability to bless, they sure as hell wouldn’t be sitting on a street corner wearing four layers of clothes when it’s 100+ degrees outside, taking money from strangers to feed their demons, whilst surviving off treasures found in dumpsters. Anyway, he didn’t say “God Bless” at all. Nope. Apparently my $2 investment bought me extremely important and life changing information. It seems this man had attended a mind control seminar at a casino (which will go unnamed) and the other attendees had turned against him. As fascinating as that information was to me, I chose not to stick around and hear the entire story. I had frozen food in the truck, and was pretty sure that if I did stick around, it would be cooked by the time I got out of there.
So I made a beeline for my truck and as I neared it I turned back, said “God Bless” and got in my truck. Not that I’m in a position to speak for God or bless people, but figured one of us needed to recite those holy words of regular street peddlers. And this brings me to the point of this.
If you’re a street peddler/beggar/homeless person, and I give you money, consider it “hush” money. It means I’m paying you to go away. Take the money, tell me “God Bless”, “Praise Allah”, “Hare Krishna”, or whatever and move on. Come to think of it, you don’t see a lot (any??) homeless Muslim types. Well, not in our country anyway. They’re always good Christians… wonder why that is? Note I didn’t even mention “Shalom” cause being homeless is against the Jewish religion. Seriously. It’s in the Torah. In the chapter “Book of Numbers”. Look it up if you don’t believe me. Anyway, maybe the next homeless person I give money to that says “God Bless” I’ll say “Praise Allah!” just to see what happens. Could totally be worth $2.
So, Here’s The Rub With Homeless People VS Street Peddler
Clearly, we should help the homeless people. Because being homeless sucks. We shouldn’t however hand our cash over to street peddlers. They buy beer, blow and hookers. Or, go to mind control conferences at local Las Vegas casinos. And those, they aren’t cheap! Some, even have bigger bank accounts than us! How the hell are we supposed to know which is which? If you live in Las Vegas, we’ve figured out 2 ways to spot the real homeless people from the ‘knock-off street peddlers’… 1st – Street peddlers in Vegas come dressed in full on character mode. Like the guy above. We also have Power Rangers and just last week, I saw a total Transformer’s get-up. Moving metal parts and all. 2nd – There’s that whole ‘God Bless‘ thing. People who are really homeless, they are genuinely thankful for the help and offer those words as a sincere ‘Thanks‘… If you really want to see something I found totally DISGUSTING… Check out this website I found in doing a bit of research for this craptastic post. The site is called Bumvertising. Some asswipe decided to profit off the homeless by having them attach an actual ‘advertising sign’ to the bottom of their handmade cardboard sign. Companies PAY HIM to scout out homeless to advertise their businesses. In exchange, he gives them a sandwich and something to drink!
Ok, your turn my peeps. What say you… Do you give money to people on the corner holding signs or do the quick walk-by? Why or why not?
To really help, write your local State Representative and consider donating directly to your local Red Cross or an actual Homeless Shelter.