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A New Class of Homeless
updated: Oct 05, 2013, 11:00 AM
By Fired Up Fred
When did bums turn into the homeless? In my day we called it like we saw it. Someone that didn't want
to work for a living and earn an honest day's pay was called a bum. Someone that wanted to live off the
kindness of others and get all the free handouts from the government was called a BUM.
Sometime in the 80's, if I recall correctly, all of a sudden a whole new class of people was created, the
Homeless. In talking with my buddies we batted around this topic to recall when this all happened. To
the best of our recollection it was Mitch Snyder, an advocate for the then called bums, that renamed
them Homeless and thus a whole new class of people were created. Homeless doesn't sound as bad as a
bum and it makes it sound like being one is an acceptable way of life. I'm not talking about someone
that is down on their luck and needs a little help for a short time. I'm talking about the BUMS, oh excuse
me, the homeless, that are a permanent fixture at Starbucks.
My daughter works from home and we went to her office, aka Starbucks, not long ago. We were sitting
and drinking our coffee while looking out onto State St. when all of a sudden my daughter jumped out
of her seat and ran outside. It happened so fast I didn't know what the heck was happening. She went to
the aid of an elderly woman that was being harassed by a homeless person. That Bum was going after
that lady and was relentless. Well that bum met his match that day and my daughter gave that guy a
tongue lashing he will never forget. I doubt if he will ever show his face at her "office" again. That's my
girl!! Wonder where she gets that spunkiness? HA! HA!
The problem is how to get rid of the bums from the streets of Santa Barbara. We need to start by not
giving them what they want, money. When you go to Yellowstone Park what do they tell you? Don't feed
the bears! Why? Because they will keep coming and harassing you and they will tell all their friends and
family and then the problem is unmanageable. Don't give to the Bums!
I had a yellow tabby cat that got mad when we got another dog, so she disappeared for a while. I then
saw her hanging around the neighbors house and they were feeding it probably better cat food. Can't
blame the cat, I guess. Well one day the wife came knocking on my door and said Fred, your cat is over
at our house all the time and I don't really want a cat. I said, well… STOP FEEDING IT!
These bums are making money or they wouldn't be sitting out in front of Starbucks. So Santa Barbara,
as generous and good hearted as you are, stop giving them money and they will leave. Instead donate
that money to a charity that will help them. I think it was in San Francisco where they would instead of
giving money would give them the address of a soup kitchen and a shelter. All the businesses would
have cards with the information and they would instruct their customers not to give money but give the
cards instead. So, Santa Barbara let's work together to kick these bums out of my daughter's office, oh I
mean, Starbucks and Santa Barbara.
Another day and another thing to get fired up about!
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Fred is a long-standing member of Santa Barbara living in a retirement community and has a lot to
say on just about everything. Do you have a rant? Send it to email@example.com
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