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Old 07-03-2012, 09:07 PM
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My town and the surroundings have zero homeless. The town I work in has many as do some of the surrounding ones. Our county has ONE shelter open that takes both sexes in the summer and it is full with a waiting list. I know because I had to call today for someone. It is sad. But many are helped over and over and there is only so much you can do. Can't force meds and we have no long term mental health hospitals.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:23 PM
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I wouldn't stop them but it'd make me uncomfortable. I don't want anybody on my property.

Don't have that issue here though.

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Old 07-04-2012, 05:38 AM
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... you don't? No binners? Not even in your big cities?

I don't think we have many in the city I live in, mostly the people I see bottle collecting are not homeless, and the true homeless we do have come in for day trips on public transit from the big city.
No.... And I live in a city... Inner city London may be different, but no where else I have been have I ever seen people in bins on a regular basis. There's no money to be made collecting rubbish, and I don't think the homeless population is at crisis point. At least where I live....
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:05 AM
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Homelessness here is quite an issue...not enough shelters/support and all the govt money (of course) keeps going to the wrong things.

My area is a relatively upscale upper mid class residential area, but we do get quite an assortment of "buggy people" wandering through - especially at late night/early morning. They are mostly harmless - fishing for cans, milk bottles, profitable junk etc - once a woman did actually come inside our yard though, my dad caught her trying our garage door lock and yelled, she fled and was never to be seen again. Another incident involved a man grabbing a bag of coins from the open trunk of our car (we have apartment buildings with coin operated laundry machines - my dad had just finished collecting from them and was unloading things into the house) and dashing off - we called police, never caught him - he has continued however to frequent the neighborhood.... he continues to elude authorities.

Hmm, documents are shredded here as well after we don't need them - appliance boxes, high end purchase containers/boxes, and other sensitive garbage is recycled or thrown out usually at one of our apartment dumpsters where they are restricted access and handled by a private waste management company.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:33 AM
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Yes, I would. We don't have homeless people where I live, but if I did, I wouldn't allow them on my land to route through bins.

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Old 07-04-2012, 09:54 AM
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Maybe it doesn't bother me because people don't really have to come on to anyone's property in my neighborhood to get to the trash/recycling. There are typically detached garages on the alley, and everything goes behind the garage right on the alley. That's what I mean by "putting stuff on the alley". People occasionally cruise up and down the alleys looking for big junk that people have put out, but I've never seen anyone actually going through the trash bins. Or if they are, they don't leave a mess.

They're certainly welcome to wade through all the dog and cat poop if they like, I suppose, but we shred and recycle all our paper, anyway, so they're not going to find anything valuable. Poor them.

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Old 07-04-2012, 10:09 PM
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There's an elderly guy who comes around and picks cans out of the recycling bins people have put out at the curb. Doesn't bother me at all. If he can make some cash off them for the aluminum, more power to him.

I miss when our town had large trash pick up. I got a toddler bed for the dogs that way one year LOL
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:44 PM
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I have a typical urban alley setup, so no one comes onto my property to go through trash/recycling.

Generally speaking, we have two groups -- the first, who go through recycling bins and take aluminum cans, and the second, who drive pickups and look for larger items. I don't have any reason to believe they're homeless; in fact, I think most are probably not.

It doesn't bother me a bit. Sometimes it makes me feel sad. But everyone I've run into has been very nice and I've never felt uncomfortable or unsafe. More power to them IMO.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:11 AM
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We don't have homeless here really unless you count the guy that lives in a trailer at his parent's shop. But he's generally not a problem. Too small of a community for a shelter or anything, and we don't have garbage pickup.

I wouldn't have a problem with them going through the trash as long as it wasn't bothering me (as in tossing things around at 3 am) or making a mess of things though, but wouldn't thrill me either.

We do have a 'take it or leave it' twice a year where they open the curling rink and put up tables and everyone hauls their stuff there, picks through other people's stuff and the rest gets taken away. There is a year round one but not many people are using it right now because the hutterites and 'vultures' as they're called stay there all day and will take EVERYTHING and load it into their vehicles. It's like a zombie movie, they all stalk you and will even grab out of your vehicle if you don't watch it (I had to tell them that no, the brand new stuff in the walmart bags was not for them.... just bought it!).

That I don't like, because it's supposed to be for those who need it, not just for a select few to gobble up.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:19 AM
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Yeah we don't really have any homeless in my town...too far out from major towns/cities. I wouldn't really care, though we do put a check on the bin monthly for the service.

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