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Posted: 1/8/2006 11:40:42 PM EDT
argh! i hate bums! and they're everywhere!

where i'm from, we had like 2 bums. that's it.

sometimes bums are funny, but not usually. they just ask for stuff. and i always feel guilty if i say no or something, like it makes me a cold-hearted asshole. but really. i don't have enough money for myself, let alone help a bum buy hookers+blow.

there's like 2 or 3 of them that hang around work. the one constantly asks everyone for money. once, when i got to work early and was just chilling in my truck, he came up and knocked on the window! arrrrrrrrrgh! leave me alone!!!

although, there is one that's at least tolerable. doesn't ask for money, in fact, doesn't ask for anything. but yesterday he tried to trade me a folding metal chair for a cigarette. i said, that's a mighty fine chair, but you can keep it. i gave him a cigarette anyways because that was pretty funny, and i hate smoking anyways (evil demons).

so, that's my rant about bums. and you guys get to hear it because they keep finding me in oregon
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:18:37 AM EDT
Hell, the powers in Portland seem to love them. Even gave them their own "village". At least it's still under a bridge.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 1:17:07 AM EDT
Tell them to buy a shoe shine kit and you'll think about giving them money that they earn.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:45:17 AM EDT
Anyone at UofO.....
Is the Frog man still around 13th by the bookstore selling "the funniest joke books in the world"?
How about the crazy lady by the library?
Now these are some high class bums.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:50:44 AM EDT
Living directly in downtown, at times it does get annoying, but usually I just make it funny (or try to). Usually I can lean out my window and they will be right there, be it answering the call of nature, doing drugs, having sex, whatever... though the last one is funny to catch them in the act with video cameras... they don't like that much, but then I get to point and laugh and actually prove to friends that yes, this type of stuff happens right out my window! And they wonder why I don't need television for entertainment...
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:17:20 AM EDT
None of the signs say "Will work for food / money"

Now it's just "Anything is appreciated"

True lazyness, sit on the corner and make 300 bucks a day.

Scuse me while I go roll in some dog shit and not shave for a month. I'll be making dough in the tax free market.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:29:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:33:15 AM EDT
I know he's not a bum but is Elvis still at Saturday Market? Now that guy cracked me up!

Happy Trails.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:36:47 AM EDT
One day I'm going to work up the nerve to dress in a suit and tie and stand by the freeway on ramp with a sign that reads, "Doin' fine, thanks." just to see what happens.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:44:42 AM EDT
217 = Bum Alley
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:46:25 AM EDT
<---hates bums.

<--- Came up with Bum pimpin idea

<--- Has yet to put idea into action
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 9:32:46 AM EDT
WS4LIF its time for you to get your act together and invent the trunk monkey.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 9:59:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By OregonARfan:
Anyone at UofO.....
Is the Frog man still around 13th by the bookstore selling "the funniest joke books in the world"?
How about the crazy lady by the library?
Now these are some high class bums.



Last I knew Frog is still at the saturday market every weekend
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 10:01:13 AM EDT
Head on over to Hawthorne street in Portland :P

Theres 6 bums who are here everyday, they probably make more than most of us. We even had that bum that was making enough spanging for an apartment, food, clothes and some insurance. (news followed her around and made the story very public and all the sudden nobody liked her and shunned her money grubbing advances)

Most of the ones here use it for beer. Theres 2 that obviously use it for meth or something cause they are fine for weeks then walk down the street scratching bloody scabs on their face talking to themselves.

All in all I dont mind em, we dont have the ones that walk UP to your window and ask. They are pretty respectful and nice. (One even took me to his stash behind hollywood video and gave me 2 bags of clothes for my daughter when she was smaller for no reason at all other than he recognized me and wanted to be helpful)

Had one walk up to my car ad McDonalds asking and I just wanted to kick his ass, you dont do that. But instead I just ignored him and such.

(Word to the guilty for saying nothing or ignoring or telling them to screw off. They hear it all day! Most probably expect it. Dont feel bad. Heck they are probably so drunk they wont remember the encounter 20 minutes from then)
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 11:08:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 11:09:12 AM EDT by Hartmann]
Man if you think the bum problem is bad in Portland you should visit San Fran, specifically the Tenderloin area. Not only are there more bums per square inch than here, but the city of SF pays them CASH for their "suffering." Last I heard it was like $20 per person per visit.

I just ignore them. When they talk to me I keep on walking, don't acknowledge their presence, as if they don't exist. My demeanor is usually enough to make them back off from any other exchange with me.

I read that the Portland Chamber of Commerce has a program where you can buy food/drink coupons to give to the bums instead of cash. I thought this was a good idea but I'm guessing the bums would be pissed if anyone handed them a coupon instead of cash.

Which is a pity because I'd like to help people who are truly in need. The problem is that most "homeless people" are scam artists/addicts and I ain't subsidizing that.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 11:21:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 11:38:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By petagunner:
Sad thing is, if it weren't for family, some of us, if not most, are probably not more than 6mos w/o pay away from that.



Tell me about it. I tend to be the "bank" of the family.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 11:51:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:00:42 PM EDT
There was a panhandler standing on the corner with sign that said something to the effect of hungry and homeless, give what you can. So I stopped at the 7/11 and picked up the paper, drove back around and stopped at the corner. He hoped up and came over to the car, I handed him the classified ads. Needless to say, it wasnt what he wanted
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:33:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By petagunner:
Need a new brother????



I'd rather have a "sister"....


What I was implying was that if it were not for family or friends that some of us would be much closer to it than just the 6mos w/o pay thing. Pretty scary when you look at it. Mortage payment, vehicle payments,daycare, day to day things, it adds up real fast.


Anyway, exactly. We tend to live up to our means, and sometimes just beyond. My parents were making over $250K/year, had a $400K house, nice furnishings, and two yippy dogs.

After the telecom crash, they are living with my Aunt in her two extra rooms, both working 7-days a week (8 hours each) at fun places like Circuit City and condo high-rises.

My brother and I gave them about $60K-$70K to get them out of debt (wiped out my brother's 401k) but as it stands they have little left. Not to mention they're just now hitting 60 years old. They have MAYBE 10 years of work left in them.

So, I might end up with house guests for several years...
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:42:21 PM EDT
I saw that frog guy about a year ago. Most of the people down off of Alder love him. I don't have any experience with midget bums, but I fuzzily recall a night with a midget stripper.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:48:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CrownNeat:
I don't have any experience with midget bums, but I fuzzily recall a night with a midget stripper.



Wasn't there a midget porn star dude named, Tripod?
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:53:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:54:47 PM EDT
I've been hearing on the radio about this family in Eugene that makes between $300 and $800 per day panhandling. They drive a late model car and live in a hotel. One woman said she regularly gave them money until she saw them with a nicer car than hers and eating in better places than her.

Found the newspaper article: www.mailtribune.com/archive/2006/0108/local/stories/01local.htm
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 4:47:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OregonARfan:
Anyone at UofO.....
Is the Frog man still around 13th by the bookstore selling "the funniest joke books in the world"?
How about the crazy lady by the library?
Now these are some high class bums.



Don't know about Frog man, but I see plenty of bums/whackos on campus so it's likely he is still there. There was a crazy lady by the bookstore, don't know about the library, and she was actually hit and killed by a car on Franklin last year. They erected a shrine of sorts where she stuffed all her shit by the bookstore. I mean, I guess it's too bad someone died, but for crying out loud. There is that old guy who is always in nice clothes asking for change. Don't know what the fuck is up with him. Attending the U of O is quite the experience, for numerous reasons.

It's funny you bring this thread up. Today on the way home from class I saw a bum on the corner of River Rd. and Beltline, sitting there with his sign and everything, lighting up a nice new cig. And people wonder why some of us don't help them.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:10:07 PM EDT
When we went to China 2 years ago we noticed that there weren't that many people begging. The ones that were were really hard up. When you give a little begger girl 1/2 a banana and her face lights up as she digs in...

America is the land of plenty. BSW
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:34:40 PM EDT
I love bums! They taste great in Stew!
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:53:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 9:09:03 PM EDT by petagunner]
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 3:04:09 AM EDT
well, thanks guys now i feel better for being a cold-hearted asshole.

honestly, if i completely failed out here, i'd get a nice backpack, sell my truck, and head back to nebraska. at least there i know i could build myself back without being a bum. rediculous, i mean who says "hell, i'm just going to be a bum". i have been VERY close on a couple occasions, and i always find my way out. hopefully never again in that position, but there are options.

i was really surprised of the amount of bums lingering around when i first got here... almost like a city of bums downtown in the strip joint section. crazy.


Originally Posted By zougou:
One day I'm going to work up the nerve to dress in a suit and tie and stand by the freeway on ramp with a sign that reads, "Doin' fine, thanks." just to see what happens.



haha that is an AWESOME idea :)
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:29:07 AM EDT


i was really surprised of the amount of bums lingering around when i first got here... almost like a city of bums downtown in the strip joint section. crazy.



Yeah, the dot com plummet really hit Portland hard
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:59:24 PM EDT
I was just discussing this very topic with a co-worker the other day.

He admitted to never making eye contact with the bums.

Me, I stare them down until they look away... It's a pretty fun game, actually!
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 1:52:19 AM EDT
ya know i get a 100 doller bonus from my temp agency if someone signs on with me as a refrance..

i should get a bunch of flyers made up /w my name and the temp agencys contact info...

walk around downtown portland handing them out to all of the bums out there... hey if they want to work temp agencys normally will get them work within a week..

who knows i could make a grand if some of these guys really wanted a job...

Jess
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