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Sleeping, not begging

I was reminded of something I’ve noticed recently in Glasgow by this post.

When I started working in Glasgow, I was a temp so I visited lots of different bits of the city.  That was back in 1989.  I remember I’d often walk by rough-sleepers, huddled in doorways with their sleeping bags and, presumably, all their possessions.  They weren’t begging.  It was early in the morning and they were sleeping.

Over time, they seemed to disappear.  There were still people begging – more or less depending.  Then The Big Issue came along in the 1990s and there were more sellers and fewer beggars.  Again, more or less depending.

Over the past few years, the numbers of both have increased.  And now I’m noticing rough-sleepers huddled in doorways once again.  They’re not begging.  They’re sleeping.

I’ve asked a couple of penpals if they’ve noticed the same trend in their cities.  And now I’m asking you.

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3 thoughts on “Sleeping, not begging

  1. My sister lived with us for 2 years when she lost almost everything due to being too sick to work. Then she got terrible allergies in our city. She decided to move to Washington State by the coast because there is no pollen there. She lived in her van.

    My mother helped her buy a camper trailer, so she isn’t homeless anymore. She told me a few months ago that the forest ranger has noticed more and more homeless people coming into the parks. They live in tents or their cars. It is very sad.

    My sister got to know a lot of homeless people and most of them were too sick to work. They were either mentally sick or physically sick. She only met a few who did drugs or drank. Very few. If you get sick in the United States, you are screwed.

    Glad to see you blogging again!

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  2. When I lived in Manchester in the 90s I knew a few people that were homeless. Most were because of drugs… But there was one or two that was just down on his luck. They weren’t homeless long as there were loads of places to get help.
    Don’t know if it’s still the case now but at the time it was mainly chemical abuse and being kicked out of shelters for various reasons that made them homeless.

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