Reader Mail: Sick of homeless problems

7/29/2008:

Here we have a “disgusted” Hoboken411 reader, and his recent take on the homeless situation in Hoboken:

When will this unacceptable behavior end?

hoboken-homeless-sleeping-on-steps-drunk.jpg“Last night my daughter had to call me to escort her into our house on Washington St. as she was met by a man sleeping on our steps.

I would think with the amount of taxes we pay here in Hoboken something could be done about these drunken idiots taken over our streets. Why not escort them to the shelter or a jail cell where they can sleep it off or at least fix the street lights that are out along Washington Street to deter this type of behavior.

Twice I had to holler at this guy as he started to urinate in our gate, he just zipped up his pants and went back to sleep. It was starting to rain so I assisted with a gallon of water of my own to wake this guy up from his drunken stupor.

I knew once the heavy rain came he was going to try and seek shelter down on our basement stairs thatโ€™s why I awoke him myself with a steady sprinkling of water so I could tell him to hit the bricks.

Finally when he did wake up he headed right for the basement stairs just like I figured he would so I promptly told him to pack up and move on or I would call the Police. I should have done that right away but I figured they most likely had their hands full with problems bigger than mine, plus I have no problem handling these idiots if they refuse to leave when I demand they do so.

Why do we have to put up with this type of behavior on a daily basis? I for one am sick of the urinating in the street, the destruction of private property, the garbage strewn all over the streets and vehicles being damaged by drunken idiots. Will anything ever be done to put an end to this unacceptable behavior?”

Thank You,
A disgusted 411 reader

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85 Comments on "Reader Mail: Sick of homeless problems"


oh well okay
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oh well okay
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”96498″]”poured water on him” why didn’t you go down there like a man and take care of the situation. The story sounds so much tougher with you narrating it.[/quote]

i got the vibe that the reader was a woman. i would kick that fucker out of my area personally, but on the other hand, many of these lunatics are literally insane and are probably armed with knives, etc. the reason you don’t give them money or food is the same reason you don’t feed a stray cat or dog. i give to the bums in NYC – not hoboken. there are a handful of dudes who are down on their luck, but many of these people are dangerously insane – and no amount of bleeding heart can fix crazy

bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”96516″]”You give them a sandwich and your money to make you feel better about yourself” Not really; I want them to have a little bit of happiness for a while, and hopefully they will still go to the shelter to get better help. I do encourage them to go to the shelter as well. But I’m glad you at least want them to be helped. I agree the shelters can do more than just give them a sandwich. I fail to see that the sandwich “enables them” or stops them from seeking more permanent help. :?[/quote] because if no one feeds them they’d go away of course! not really. a sandwich is not enabling them and doesn’t mean you do it just to feel better about yourself. i saw a guy on the path one day asking for food or money…he’s there often. someone offered him one of their subway sandwiches…they had 2 in a to go bag….full sandwiches. he was asking for the shelter, so he said he’s not permitted to take unwrapped containers of food. made me think he might be legit at least. i’m skeptical a bit of some people, and wouldn’t give food to one that showed up drunk in my lobby. but those are decisions you make. you see them, you talk to them, maybe learn how they got where they got. some are actually pretty nice people. i don’t want to give money that will go to booze, so food is something that… Read more »
TrumpT3
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TrumpT3
8 years 1 month ago

“You give them a sandwich and your money to make you feel better about yourself”

Not really; I want them to have a little bit of happiness for a while, and hopefully they will still go to the shelter to get better help. I do encourage them to go to the shelter as well.

But I’m glad you at least want them to be helped. I agree the shelters can do more than just give them a sandwich. I fail to see that the sandwich “enables them” or stops them from seeking more permanent help. ๐Ÿ˜•

Jailbird
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Jailbird
8 years 1 month ago

“poured water on him” why didn’t you go down there like a man and take care of the situation. The story sounds so much tougher with you narrating it.

andynnj
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andynnj
8 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”96460″]Andy, I’m glad you donate to the shelters, because they help the mentally ill homeless who are cognizant enough to try to become productive, get off the street, and get help…but there is no reason you shouldn’t give homeless people a sandwich and show some kindness, either. Not everyone is mentally well enough to get into the shelter, but I’m glad some are. And the cops should force those who are very ill into treatment so they will get on their meds. It could save their lives, even if they don’t realize it at first. Don’t be a jerk about the sandwiches or money that people give. It’s a nice gesture. As for the singing/dancing guy and Raia…someone who doesn’t have a lot of money is going to wear whatever clean shirt someone gives him!! As for the iPod that someone cited as evidence that he’s not homeless – well, a kind person gave him that iPod only recently, and iPod shuffles are now $49. Yes, that guy isn’t homeless now, but he HAS been in the past. Just proving that there is hope, and the homeless aren’t all bad, just like the posters here aren’t.[/quote] You’re right, a sandwich is preferable to money, which would be used to buy more booze. But you are not helping them with either – you are ENABLING them. The best help you can give is to guide them to the shelter(s) where there are professionals who can handle their mental health issues,… Read more »
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