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It is an easy mistake to make OP, she probably found it funny. Come on, if you are working with the homeless you'll learn to accept A, B and C and won't exactly dress to impress--as you probably do not want to rub their noses in it, long hours and expect the unexpected...

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It is an easy mistake to make OP, she probably found it funny. Come on, if you are working with the homeless you'll learn to accept A, B and C and won't exactly dress to impress--as you probably do not want to rub their noses in it, long hours and expect the unexpected...

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don't you guys hate when people reply to the first comment just so that others can see their comment. God, I can't stand it when people do that

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Wallandpiece - In my time here I've found that most commenters who are that desperate to have their comments seen don't have much to say worth reading.

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I agree with 30 - I have seen many on here who have left comments in reply to the first comment, who are saying nothing concerning the original comment or any of the replies.

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Today, I was volunteering at a homeless shelter when somebody came up to me and asked how long I'd been homeless. FML.

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Well that would explain why the lady was so poorly dressed and smelly. :p Seriously though, when OP said she "works" there that emplied to me that she was an employee rather than a volunteer.

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#11 I partially agree with you. The FML says that the woman works there, not that she's a volunteer; so to the other two that commented, the lady WOULD be getting paid since she isn't a volunteer. However 11, it doesn't mention that the lady was stinky. I'm just assuming that OP drew that conclusion based on her attire alone.

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Just because you're a volunteer, doesn't mean you don't "work". So I don't get this logic. You can "work" somewhere as a volunteer... You guys are seriously just nitpicking at the wording here. I'm pretty sure there are no employees who are paid at a homeless shelter. It's supposed to be non-profit, how are they supposed to pay people? It's all volunteers "working" there.

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Wrong, 32. There are both employees and volunteers at a homeless shelter. I lived in one when I was a child, and the lobby is open 24 hours a day, which is manned by employees at night, not volunteers. Both employees and volunteers work at day, an it's just employees at night.

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Yeah because the shelter you worked at is exactly like every other shelter in the world so you must be right

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Not for profit does not mean that there are not paid employees. It just means that the business itself does not make money. It uses all of its resources for the work that it is doing. Which includes paying its employees.

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36-He didn't work there. He LIVED there, which is completely ifferent. So yes, I'm sure he has an idea of what it is like in that atmosphere. Idiot.

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Good point, my bad, but all I meant by my sarcastic douchey comment was that the people who work for nonprofits can be paid or unpaid. It just depends on the place of employment

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@10 You are an idiot. See? I can anonymously sling insults over the internet too. That must make me as cool a you are.

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My original comment was made in jest. I doubt the woman is incapable of purchasing decent clothes and soap, whether she is a volunteer or an employee. And it has been confirmed that she may indeed get paid, so it wasn't an unreasonable assumption. This is a comedy site anyway. Calm down, folks.

I also have volunteered to work at a homeless shelter before. I think that the reason that you mistook that lady next to you as being homeless is that she might have been homeless before. When I was working there, I found out that many of the workers had been homeless themselves before starting to work there themselves.

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OP was most likely surrounded by crowds of homeless people so it might've been hard to tell them apart.

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