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By Anonymous - / Monday 30 April 2012 21:46 / United States - Tampa
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This is actually quite sadly true. Many people are killed or injured while chasing an assailant or getting involved in some sort of assault. I once had a lovely, elderly teacher who would regularly give packaged food directly to homeless people, and one man literally pelted it at her face. OP was trying to make the world a better place but sadly we just can't trust others to not hurt us when we help, especially if they're already emotionally vulnerable, like the homeless.

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23-I respect your opinion, and this FML is a horrible example, but it upsets me to see people so quick to say best not to help. Our society, as a whole, have become self-centered rather than self-sacrificing, strangers to our neighbours, and hostile towards strangers. I realize we don't live in a world of butter cups and rainbows, but I'd rather die trying to facilitate good than live passive to evil. *steps down from soap box*

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90- I couldn't agree more. People shouldn't back down from trying to help others, OP's mistake wasn't trying to help, it was assuming the one dressed like a bum was a criminal.

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I think your all insane, here is the real world in a nutshell, people are self centered, it's not just human nature it's the nature of life, Do you ever see a rabbit help another rabbit out of a snare? Of course not, it's because animals are self-centered and like it or not no matter how you dress a person up, no matter how educated you make him, man down to his core is just another animal with the same tendencies and instincts of any other animal

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There are many states where if you see a crime being committed, and do nothing to help (intervening, calling the police), then you're considered an accomplice to the crime, and are held just as liable as the person committing it.

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126-Not necessarily true. Certain species will help their own. Some, such as elephants, will even morn the death if it dies. Also, I don't know why ^ this comment is getting thumbed down. He's right. In my state they're are even laws like this for trained medical personnel who are off duty. If they can revive someone on the street and don't and that person dies they can be held accountable. Bam. knowledge.

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^ that's how it is most places. If you are trained and can help the person, you are legally supposed to help them. Ex; an off duty lifeguard is supposed to help a drowning person

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Homeless people usually have mental health issues, which is why they have erratic behavior, even of someone is helping them. There are mental health institutions that just kick out patients because they cause to much trouble, so instead of being helped, they become homeless drug addicts who can't control themselves. That could be why food was throw at your friends face. I see bums when I walk down San Francisco, and it's horrible how many people treat them horribly. :( OP should try being a bum to see what it's like.

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Sadly the human race isn't evolved enough to care about each other, to be honest I think we will become extinct before we ever care, There are a few exceptions ofcourse!

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126 - I agree that people's natural tendency is to be self centered. And most people don't fight that tendency. But isn't that all the more reason that those of us who actually care not turn a blind eye when we see injustice. You compared human beings to rabbits, and while it's true that man is jus another animal I've never sen a rabbit compose music, or paint a work of art, or get married, or do anything of any meaning to the world. Shouldn't we as humans, the most highly evolved species on the planet strive everyday to be more than base animal instinct?

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I guess this doesnt need to turn into a deep conversation, but people are not bums! People are PEOPLE who happen to be going through a rough patch. I think its horrible that people treat them like complete sh*t

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I agree, many homeless people (especially in these times) are only homeless because they lot their homes to debt collectors. Very sad to hear there's people like OP who hate them for no reason...

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I don't know about other countries, but here in Australia most bums are university students who couldn't pay their uni fees and/or got kicked out of their homes and had nowhere to go. It's sad that so many are just young people who hoped for a better life. Doubly sad that there are people like the OP who think that just because someone is homeless, they deserve to be hated and smacked across the jaw.

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^I don't know where in Australia you're from, but I've never worked with an ex-Uni student who lives on the streets....I'm not saying they don't exist, but the vast majority of homeless people are homeless because of addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling etc) and mental health issues.

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93 - orlando Aldo has the highest rate of homeless families because of tourism taking a dump. So many hotels converted so homeless families could stay together. They are saying it will turn around for us, but I think we need a new governor first.

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Tdishy I've only read a few of your comments now, but you seem like a total douche. I understand that you hate those 6 or 7 bums and find them extremely annoying but that doesn't mean every homeless person is an annoying asshole. Also not everyone can turn around their situation, some homeless are homeless because of mental illness and can't help it. There's actually a homeless man in my town who used to have a home but then it burned down and his entire family died in the fire. Now he is mentally not right and without a home. It's actually really sad

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155- It's sad to me that you think you can generalize what all 'bums' are like based on the experience you've had with the few close to your job. That like saying, because you've met 8 'ignorant' black people, you can't stand all black people because their ignorant. It's never okay to generalize personal experience to all of a population. Did you know every single homeless person in the world individually? No? Then you absolutely can't say anyone deserves anyone else's scorn just for being in the category of 'homeless'.

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Most "bums" are alcoholic lazy asses who don't want to work. I know this because my uncle was a bum and he looked for any reason he could to get arrested for roof a bed and 3 meals a day. 90% of bums are bums because they choose to be and the other 10% are homeless because they lost their homes. There's difference between being a bum and being homeless.

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I can't stand them cause they're useless bags of skin that should be eliminated from society if they don't contribute, they're generally disgusting, retarded and choose to live like that and mooch off others. Also they're always crazy so it wouldn't be a loss to society if they were put down, just my opinion cause I have no use for hobos.

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Apparently you have not lowered yourself to actually having a conversation with more than one! Perhaps you talked to an ass but there are asses who aren't bums and bums who aren't asses. Hehe.

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Wtf. There are WAY too many YDI's for this post. So what if he can't stand bums? He was trying to stop a mugging and got mugged by the same guy he was trying to help. Are you people saying you would just stand there and let someone get robbed?

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I don't like the ones that approach you and ask for money, I've given money and food to the ones that hold the cardboard signs but not ones that approach you and ask.

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From my understanding, OP automatically assumed that the man was being robbed because the other guy was homeless. So, when OP decided to hit the homeless man, OP got what they deserved.

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I agree, so many people get judged for what they look like, or are. Example if someone was walking around with their hat backwards and pants hanging low people assume they will rob the petrol station!

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Well I hope someone stabs you and you die from bleeding out cause no one helps you. People like you who don't help, cowardly standing on the side lines. He made a mistake, but he did act.

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