Today’s Dose of People Are Total Dicks

What would Jesus do?

Noreen had been tipped off that Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful was in the business of raiding homeless camps and throwing away what few possessions the homeless have. They throw away sleeping bags, clothes, sheltering materials and even the identification documents Catholic Charities helps homeless people obtain.

Dee Cunningham, executive director of Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, confirmed with Noreen that anything belonging to the homeless is fair game during the organization’s routine transient sweeps. Thankfully, the law says otherwise and it should be enforced.

Cunningham said her organization supports the “hand-up not hand-out” philosophy of Homeward Pikes Peak. Homeward is the organization that tells us “don’t give” to the homeless, and instead channel our money through agencies with high-paid professional staffs and government subsidies. Apparently, “hand-up not hand-out” justifies a variety of uncharitable acts, including destruction and disposal of personal possessions and unwarranted searches.

Neither Homeward Pikes Peak nor Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful should criticize handouts, as each is the recipient of handouts. Each receives government handouts as well as private handouts. Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful is slated to receive $42,300 from the city’s 2009 general fund, after receiving $45,000 in 2008. Transients sometimes ask for money, but Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful gets its from money the city takes through taxation. And remember, this is the city that plans to lay off some 90 employees in coming months.



8 thoughts on “Today’s Dose of People Are Total Dicks

  1. I can’t tell you how frustrated I am that Colorado’s image is constantly being tainted by the loonies in Colorado Springs. I know a lot of very nice, very *Christian* (in the most positive sense of the word) people who live in that city. It would be a lot more beautiful without people like Dee Cunningham in it.

  2. The part about this story that angers me the most is the people throwing away homeless people’s ID. I know from having been in The System™ that one of the things low-income and homeless people usually lack is ID, and it’s often very hard for them to get new ID, since they often don’t have any to start with. People who are more likely to wind up homeless or on welfare are also more likely never to have had a birth certificate (those two things are correlated, not linked directly causally), which means they’re also less likely to have had any other ID.
    My inner idealist says that she hopes someone goes to jail for stealing and trashing homeless’ people’s stuff.
    That said, I don’t give homeless people money, either, because I don’t want to inadvertently enable someone’s possible drug or alcohol habit, but I do give out bus tickets if people ask (they’re non-negotiable for cash, unless you can find someone else to buy them from you), and I have bought actual food for people, too. Not so much anymore; oddly, since the neocons got out of power in the province, I’m not seeing people sleeping in bus shelters in my town anymore. I alsonever give anything to teenagers wearing shoes worth more than my entire outfit; I don’t care if they claim they’re broke and desperate. In this burg, they’re lying.

  3. The article clearly raises the spectre of “Illegal Search and Seizure”. Yet they keep doing it.
    Anyone have stading with Colorado courts to bring suit. Or for that matter, Federal?

  4. Wait! These are just citizens, not law enforcement?
    Why are they not in jail?
    It’s not “Illegal Search and Seizure”, it’s out right theft.

  5. There was a homeless dude w/like one or two ‘teefs’ at a local intersection about a week or two ago. I had accidentally snagged a large white plastic shopping bag blowing across the freeway – and noticed it never ‘reappeared’ behind my car as I maneuvered down the roadway. I could hear it (once I turned down my radio) flappin like mad under my car… I was like “awwww shit! Maybe it will fall off once I exit and slow down…” As I exited I still heard it fluttering. My worry was that it would get all wound up in my undercarriage bits and cause problems. I oogied around to the intersection where I first saw the homeless dude and he approached my poor, filthy car. He smiled his toofless smile, flipped his bamboo cane around after showing the flat of his hand to me (to not drive off) and he hooked the bag and pulled it clear! πŸ™‚ I didn’t have any cash on me but I thanked him. My light went green and I moved on. The next day I made sure I had a tenner (not tenor) on me and drove to that intersection again. I saw him and smiled to him and handed him the $10. He was like “thank you ma’am, but what’s that for?” I said you did me a favor yesterday. He replied, “aw I just wanted to help you, you didn’t owe me nothing.” To which I replied “if you hadn’t removed that bag, I don’t think I could have afforded the repair!” His deeply lined and tanned skin actually blushed. I was very happy to have helped him out. πŸ™‚

  6. Agave – quite agreed. I was thinking more of the police who the article said were there – thus giving a “government official” air to the actions.
    Looking at it your way, the citizens were possibly rioting, possibly conspiring for illegal activity.
    Either way – where are the landsharks?

  7. Hmm, the police are there, and they’re if anything aiding and abetting the thefts? How interesting. In particular, they’re aiding and abetting the theft of IDs that are necessary for the homeless people to exercise their civil rights. Hmm, what was that line about “under color of law”?

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