I Have Become…Comfortably Numb

June 14, 2008 at 9:23 pm 7 comments

Have You?

   The other day I was going into the London Drugs on Vancouver’s West Broadway St. .  There was a panhandler outside and two big men from the store were headed outside.  I was obvious what was coming…they were going to remove the panhandler.  That happened and when the men came back in I said to them “oh, i don’t like that’….they said yes, most customers didn’t like the panhandlers.  

 

I said, ‘no, i didn’t like that you had him leave.  that sucks.  he’s just sitting there.  maybe he’s an addict, maybe just down and out. maybe some of these people might rip people off, maybe some don’t, but most think they do.  yet these same people who don’t like the panhandlers would walk into a place like london drugs and get ripped off.  it’s the corporations who are ripping people off everyday yet no one asks to have them removed.’.

The young men agreed.  I suggested they take my complaint to their boss.  They said they would, but i doubt it.  

yes, there are some aggrissive panhandlers ……just lke aggressive marketing campaigns, telephone soicitors etc.. they should all stop.  but isn’t it all like window shopping?  you don’t HAVE to go in to certain stores , you don’t HAVE to give to every panhandler.  but hey, if one’s playing a cool tune you like, or is doing some neat drawings, writing poems, or just has a catchy line or phrase….why the hell not drop a toonie in their bucket?  there’s no gst and you were just entertained.

how comfortably numb are we?

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7 Comments

  • 1. sassy  |  June 15, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Good point about who is really ripping us off.

    Seems to me that a lot of people are afraid their own reactions (the bogey man within, reality can be such a nuisance) rather than homeless themselves).

    An out of site-out of mind mentality – as if that’s going to solve any problems.

  • 2. harpervalley  |  June 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    sassy….ah yes , the old out of sight, out of mind (something like how i do my housekeeping). it’ll get worse with the build up to 2010 as the five ring circus will want to have vancouver as pristine as possible.

    i may just stay here that winter, wear rags and ride around on transit and the skytrain 😀

  • 3. Q  |  June 16, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I remember in the early 90s Alberta was sending
    their poor etc. to Ontario where the social system was far more generous under Bob Rae…I guess now that they’re very wealthy in Alberta……never mind, wealth is a one way street with conservatives.

  • 4. harpervalley  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Q….the united states of alberta has always been good at that…they were bussing beggars back to b.c. in the 70’s, i think it was.

    then vancouver biz tried the begging parking meter where people would just put money in the slot and it would be divided amongst the homeless (probably 33 % taken to administrate).
    but it was a flop, thank gawd.

    on bowen island the chamber pot of business is wanting to get a grant from council to focus on sustainability, but only the economic end. i have an answer for them : share. quit ripping us off.
    business is not gawd.

  • 5. Just Some Poor Schmuck  |  June 18, 2008 at 2:05 am

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    You can take that to the bank.

    Cancouver has become a plaything for the rich and famous and the 3-ring circus. They’ve even got dancing bears!

    Once it’s over let there be the people enough to take it back.

  • 6. harpervalley at Addict  |  June 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    […] harpervalley  maybe he’s an addict, maybe just down and out. maybe some of these people might rip people off, maybe some don’t, but most think they do. […]

  • […] I Have Become…Comfortably Numb (Harper Valley)  maybe he’s an addict, maybe just down and out. maybe some of these people might rip people off, maybe some don’t, but most think they do. […]


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