Think first people, please, before you act.
If you are not in a life endangering situation, think first. Consider what your actions may cause. Contemplate the possible results. Because you very well may be causing something so very sad.
First off, in the following incident, I was not there. I do not have all of the details. I know what I have read along the way the past couple of days.
From what I have read, there is a gentleman who is a homeless veteran who with his service dog is very well know in the local area. Many have seen him who visit the areas where they mostly hung around. Comments were that individual and service dog were never a bother. He never asked for money but would accept it when offered. And there it began.
They were according to reports at a local, well known store. Someone was giving the gentleman some money, someone didn’t like it so they called the police. It escalated from there. The police came, they went to arrest the gentleman and his service dog did what service dog do. It went to protect her human. The police went the more humane route and tazed the dog because it bit the officer’s boot. The dog ran into the store where the barb from the tazer was removed. The dog was reportedly taken by someone known to the homeless gentleman but escaped. Out of fear? Out of trying to find the person she knew, loved and was supposed to be there for?
The search was on for this dog. Many people and lost pet organizations were searching for this dog. For this gentleman. Unfortunately, this dog was found dead this morning after having been struck by a car.
Because someone, didn’t think first. Because someone was upset over an individual being gifted money. Because someone thought –someone like that, had no business in front of that store. I won’t go into the part of this gentleman being a veteran. That does add a level of disgust at the actions here but is not fully my point.
My point of this, is simply stop before acting. Think of what you are contemplating. Consider what your actions may set into motion. Understand that you may be about to cause something where the results cannot be undone.
Yes, there is a large homeless population, everywhere. Not just here, not just in California, not just in Florida, everywhere. Yes, there are unlimited reasons as to why. Yes, some do ask for money and yes, some will use that money for reasons of which we may not approve or understand. Some though, simply are trying to survive. Not all are addicts. Not all have mental health issues. Not all are problems. What they are though, are human. They deserve to be treated as such. If you don’t want to give money, don’t. If you don’t want to see them outside of what ever store you are visiting, don’t look. If you can’t/won’t help…don’t hurt.
If you don’t want to hand money to one with the sign, then do something to support organizations who are trying their best to help those in need. If you don’t want to give money, buy a few meals and take to those who are hungry and will accept. If you don’t want to give money, create emergency bags, the ones with supplies that will come in handy to the homeless. If you don’t want to help- don’t hurt.
Today, a gentleman has to accept that a very important part of his life is gone, forever, because one person did not like seeing them in front of a store. That breaks my heart and saddens my soul. Just……think.