Butterfly the homeless woman
Saw this young lady in front of Basic Foods on Washington St. this afternoon, and wanted to find out what her story was.
Banned from Homeless Shelter
“Butterfly” had a sign that said she was banned from the Hoboken Homeless Shelter (five days ago).
Why were you banned from the shelter?
“I was banned because I complained about bugs being in my food. I went back and asked for a different plate of rice without bugs, and they kicked me out for complaining. They banned me for 60 days. I wasn’t the only one with bugs, as another man had them too. Even the chef said there were bugs in the kitchen that day.”
Where are you living now?
“Under a bridge. Honestly, it’s better than that shelter. The conditions are horrible and disgusting. The women’s bathroom smells worse than rancid raw sewage, and they never clean the place!”
How come you’re not asking for money by the PATH?
“The Transit Police always chase me away.”
Where were you from originally?
That’s all the time I had to ask her questions, then I gave her $5.00 and finished my long list of errands for the day. Stop by and hear her story! (She’s quite profane…)