Homeless people in Seattle

Amazon / Product BKzos
Sep 14, 2018 47 Comments

Really could be anywhere I guess, but I’m in Seattle. Last week, was at a nice dinner with colleagues and we had a lot of leftovers that we boxed up. Some debate ensued as we stood outside about who would get what, because there was some competition over things. In the midst of this, a homeless man approached us asking if we could give him some money so he could get something to eat. We immediately offered the leftovers—which well-paid tech people were vying for—and he flat-out refused them.

I wound up with a little more than I needed in the end. Started walking home. Came across another homeless person, with a sign that said “hungry teen.” I offered him my leftovers. He refused, as well.

So since then, I’ve offered other homeless people food—Starbucks, Chipotle, Chinese, etc. to see how others respond. And it’s refused, every time. Not a scientific study obviously, so my sample could be off. But still!

I think I’m done giving spare change to homeless people. Not sure what Bezos’s $2 billion initiative is gonna do, but I hope they think about what the actual problem is before putting money into things.


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TOP 47 Comments
  • Microsoft ScottGu3
    They need money for drugs. How will Chipotle and Chinese get them high?
    Sep 14, 2018 2
    • Sirius XM JksK5a2
      Capsaicin and MSG
      Sep 15, 2018
    • Microsoft makdi🕷️
      Not every homeless do drugs, some need cash to buy alcohol.
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Apple Trdbki
    Man who lives on street demonstrates poor decision making skills. More at 10.
    Sep 14, 2018 0
  • Glooko / Other azizlight!
    I once saw a cute girl pan handling near a highway off ramp. Then I asked myself, "when was the last time I had sex with a homeless chick?" Then the light turned green and I drove off, the thought fleeting as well.
    Sep 14, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Eng Unamazed
      Revealing your selfish, exploitive, objectifying mind.
      Sep 15, 2018
    • F5 Networks wait,what?
      Giving her money for just sitting there is ok yet giving her money for just laying there is exploitative. 🤦🏼‍♂️

      Don’t worry folks, the working class will take care of everything for you. You really don’t need to work.
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Facebook public
    They want money for substances. Seattle shelters have plenty of capacity and more than enough food. We always had people who prefered to stay on the streets because they didn't want to get clean.
    Sep 14, 2018 4
    • F5 Networks wait,what?
      Yeah, there has been a lot of interviews done. People turn down the shelters because 1) no drug and 2) genders have to stay separate at night. So people would rather sleep outside and make meth babies.
      Sep 15, 2018
    • Facebook public
      Used to work at one, granted it was a few years ago but yes we basically had unlimited funding but turned away a lot of people unfortunately.
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    The majority of homeless people in Seattle are homeless because they want to live that way. The city enables it too. The city/state attorneys outright refuse to enforce drug crimes. So people know they can easily use and sell drugs in Seattle and camp outside without police interference. Ask any police officer in Seattle. They could easily stop the drug problem but city officials are so concerned with winning approval from the activists that even if they enforced existing laws, the people they arrest will never be prosecuted for drug crimes.
    Sep 15, 2018 2
    • F5 Networks wait,what?
      ^^^^this is 100% correct and anyone who disagrees has never really tried to understand the problem in seattle.
      Sep 15, 2018
    • Twitter / Eng T Rex
      ‘The majority of homeless people in Seattle are homeless because they want to live that way.’
      Have you personally talked to a homeless person who prefers that lifestyle? (Not disputing your claim, trying to understand if this is first hand information for you)
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
    I’ve offered to go into a Walgreens with homeless people and buy them whatever he needs (food or otherwise), but they always refuse and demand cash.
    Sep 14, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng

      Microsoft Eng

      Dafuq. Back home (other country) homeless actually sat outside drugstores and 7elevens to ask you to buy them some food on the way out. I'd always buy some cookies for the kids. It is very unsettling to me that a homeless would plainly refuse this kind of aid.
      Sep 14, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Sabre Corporation
    I used to buy them food McDonald's off 6th ave was the go to place. I never ran into some one who refused food. I buy a spare coffee everytime i walk towards the pike place and give it to a homeless person. Never been refused. One asked for a cold beer though.

    But giving them leftovers (probably packed off of your plate) was not humane. Atleast give them untouched food.
    Sep 15, 2018 5
    • Amazon vpbylaj
      Nothing wrong with leftovers, and certainly not if you are hungry.

      I was asked for money for food while carrying groceries. I offered some items that didn't require cooking. Refused. Every time I have offered food over money here in Seattle I have been refused. I do believe there are hungry people and providing food directly is the best way to know if it is to eat or for a different purpose.
      Sep 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Product BKzos
      I get that it’s a little tacky to say here take my leftovers, especially from a stranger, but if you’re truly unable to get food then refusing it would be an odd response.
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Backlogs
    I bought a woman 2 shirts and pants from target, then fixed the brakes on her wheelchair. Talked with her for awhile. She hated the homeless more than anyone here. Been homeless since she got hit by a car and lost her job working for mayor norm Rices office. At least made her have a nice day
    Sep 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft zxql16
    They aren’t homeless due to a lack of food. They’re homeless due to a lack of money. I’m sure they get offered food all day long but a warm bed is harder to come by.
    Sep 14, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng

      Uber Eng

      Invite one to your home then.
      Sep 14, 2018
  • Hawaiian Airlines / Eng Maitai
    True. I’ve seen truly starving people and they not only accept food but scarf it down with no meat left on the bone.
    Sep 14, 2018 0


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