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Police and priests save homeless in Poland


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012  #1
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Police and minicipal guards (stra┼╝ miesjka) have been joined by Catholic clergy in patrolling places where homeless try to find shelter from the cold. The presence of a man of the cloth often has a more comforting effect on the homeless than the uniform of a law-enforcement official.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
12 Feb 2012  #2
The local Hare Krishna used to run a soup round in Warsaw, giving food to rough sleepers every evening until the Church got together with the police to stop it. That was several years ago. I wonder how many rough sleepers have died since then...
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012  #3
Wh knows if the sectarians weren't slipping some oriental halluciniogens into the grub?! Better to be on the safe side.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
12 Feb 2012  #4
That is a silly and rather tawdry comment. Why do you think they would 'slip something' into the food and what is an 'oriental hallucinogen'?
Crow 137 | 7,590
12 Feb 2012  #5
Police and priests save homeless

in which way? Police arresting them and priests pray for them?
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012  #6
No, they take them to homeless shelters. Homeless topers are often relucatnt becasuer the shelters don't admit those under the influence, but PM Tusk himself has appealed to the shelters to accept everyone in the severe weather. The priests are usually regarded as more credible than police.
Crow 137 | 7,590
12 Feb 2012  #7
people, did you heard for controversial Hungarian law (by the ruling regime) by which homeless people needs to pay 500 euro penalty if captured on a public places by the police?

crazy, isn`t it.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
12 Feb 2012  #8
I think it's quite likely that the matter is exaggerated and/or not so straightforward - like for example the definition of public places in question
Crow 137 | 7,590
12 Feb 2012  #9
no, its for real. It was info from Hungarian documentary (3-4 days ago) on Serbian TV. Hungarian social workers called situation bizarre and they currently wage real war with the police and government in order to protect homeless people. What i sow from documentary public places are among else considered to be city parks (there was video how they arresting homeless people in some park).

Is that normal for police in EU countries to arresting and mistreat homeless people? Hitler would be proud by the EU
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
12 Feb 2012  #10
but PM Tusk himself has appealed to the shelters to accept everyone in the severe weather.

As they should. The situation is a disgrace - it's one thing banning people in summer when they can be blissfully wasted outside, but when it's below -10c - they should be taking anyone if they receive any public funding.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
12 Feb 2012  #11
they should be taking anyone if they receive any public funding.

drunk people cause trouble you know - would you as a non-alcohol-addicted homeless person enjoy the company stinking drunks? - I am not sure every shelter has facilities to wash and clothe these people - also it's not so easy task to do that (try washing and clothing a semi-unconscious person and then multiply the time by an order of hundred)
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769
12 Feb 2012  #12
Although it is related, maybe we could just admire what these individuals are choosing to do and not bind them to the sins of their organizations.
Crow 137 | 7,590
22 Feb 2012  #13
The local Hare Krishna used to run a soup round in Warsaw, giving food to rough sleepers every evening until the Church got together with the police to stop it.

sure?

maybe they were inspired by the fact that Buda was White and Scythian (meaning Proto Slavic)

Why then Church interfered to stop them? Hare Krishna obviously wants to repay the debt for Slavic world gave Buda to the India
noreenb 7 | 557
24 Feb 2012  #14
How much I look up on people like the ones who do the best job in the world.
welshguyinpola 23 | 463
24 Feb 2012  #15
As they should.

Totally agree with you, its like the schemes in the UK where heroin addicts are supplied with fresh needles and clean surroundings to shoot up.
Ironside 48 | 9,705
24 Feb 2012  #16
They should work for their keep!
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
25 Feb 2012  #17
the schemes in the UK where heroin addicts are supplied with fresh needles and clean surroundings to shoot up.

Much better that using dirty needles in some empty flat with neighbours around. They're going to do it anyway, so why not be practical about it and let them do it safely?

They should work for their keep!

Like a form of slavery you mean? If they were going to be any good at that, they probably wouldn't be tramps, would they?
Ironside 48 | 9,705
25 Feb 2012  #18
Slavery no, small jobs, work could be therapeutic for them,
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
26 Feb 2012  #19
Very much so, but that is in no way the first stage of helping a scabby tramp.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
26 Feb 2012  #20
The homeless should be required to adopt neighborhoods where they are required to mow an trim everyone who lives in that neighborhood's yard. That way they have a job and no one but them has to mow. This should pay for their shelter rent.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
26 Feb 2012  #21
The homeless should be required to adopt neighborhoods where they are required to mow an trim everyone who lives in that neighborhood's yard

You may want your hedge trimming by a cussing tramp, but I prefer a gardener doing it.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
26 Feb 2012  #22
Around here the hired helps look like cussing tramps so why not have them all mow yards? If they cannot find anything to do there are trillions of blades of grass they can cut.
jasondmzk
27 Feb 2012  #23
The homeless aren't errant children. They're lost people, some with mental illnesses, some with addiction issues, others with both. They don't just need "a job". If they could just pick themselves up off the sidewalk and adopt cultural norms, they wouldn't BE homeless. They need outreach on many levels, before they can assume the responsibility of working for and with others.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
27 Feb 2012  #24
If they aren't errant children why do they need 'outreach?' At least mowing yards would give them something to do and society would be grateful they stepped up to the plate performing a vital community service. Wtg homeless!
jasondmzk
27 Feb 2012  #25
You're confusing "homeless" with "jobless".

and society would be grateful

Is society ever?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
27 Feb 2012  #26
Okay, it only applies to jobless homeless and there are plenty of those.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
27 Feb 2012  #27
Most homeless (in the sense of rough sleepers) are jobless and have all sorts of other problems. When someone gets to that situation in life, they need a bit more help than being given a pair of shears and pointed at a garden.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
27 Feb 2012  #28
Let them earn their help by mowing my yard :)

I think it's a brilliant idea. I would look at them in a totally new light if they did this. It would be a positive experience for them. People would appreciate what they do.


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