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It’s that time of year

Wow look it’s December and suddenly everyone is borderline homeless, desperate and can’t feed their families! Funny how the increase in online-panhandling turns up around this time of year. Sure, there are legitimate people in tough situations, then there are the ones who prey on the sympathetic or bleeding hearts. Toss the word ‘Christmas’ in there and you got yourself bags of free stuff!

Here’s a few extra words that might increase your loot this year: Single mother, baby, absent fathers, eviction notice, hungry, fresh start, no family

Look, there are hundreds of resources in Edmonton that everyone should be grateful for that we all pay taxes into. Nobody by their own choice in this city (without putting a teeny tiny bit of effort in) will go hungry, homeless or naked. Edmonton especially, but Canada in general has all kinds of resources – free money from the government, food banks, shelters, counseling, you name it.

The fact that these people come to Facebook with sad stories is to get extra free things on TOP of the already free things they are getting from tax payers. They are hoping for a bleeding heart to give them extra, maybe a free TV or something worth money – who knows.

Bottom line there are resources freely and readily available at your leisure to get all the basic necessities of life to survive. There’s no need to come online and try to get even more free stuff by taking advantage of people who are kind.

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And if the resources available to you by the government aren’t ‘good enough’ then try go living in another country where social assistance and other programs don’t exist. Stop complaining. Life is tough, we end up in crappy situations, but simply having a cellphone, internet and being able to post online to even ASK for ANY additional help puts you way above millions of people in the world struggling in legitimate poverty and other desperate situations.

I’m not being a Grinch I am being realistic here. Don’t believe everything you hear. Especially around the holidays.

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  1. Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

    As annoying as it is that these people are out here scamming/trying to get free stuff and making HELP ME post; IT IS AS ANNOYING that you people are out here making posts, complaining about it and trying to educate these other folks when they know damn well, where the resources are!!!!! Most of them!!!
    So SHUT Up????

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    • Marie says:

      Karen Marie — December 15, 2017 at 10:38 am
      Karen, please, you need to aim your (this) comment directly into the cerebral cortex of all of those OP is referring to!
      So Karen Marie … Shut up you face yourself 🙂 !!!

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  2. Well said. I totally agree. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  3. And there are a lot of people also saying when they ask for handouts” show me pics” or “need delivery” or “no, I don’t want that”

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    • Just cuz someone is poor doesn’t mean they have to accept crap lol I’d rather go without than accept crap
      k ….sorry I still want a decent looking home. Something to feel good about in their crappy lives…. shame on you!

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    • Tina Conlin Tina Conlin says:

      As a single mom who had nothing at one point ..(left a relationship with nothing) I took whatever was given to me regardless of how “crappy” it was… then again my mother taught me that beggars can’t be choosers and everything comes in time!!!… once I was on my feet and could afford to make my home “nice” I did and passed on my “crap”, to someone who had nothing and was great full to have it!!

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  4. Lois Sunley Lois Sunley says:

    You have free choice help or don’t up to you

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  5. Did you know you can only get social assistance if you have an address. Without a residential address you don’t get income support. So if your homeless and living in your car, your shit out of luck.also you don’t just get approved for social assistance because your homeless, you need a doctor’s note that specifically states your condition that’s preventing you from working. Did you ever go to the food bank, if your single you get enough food for a week but you can only go once a month, so yeah you will starve. I get how asking for free handouts is annoying, it’s annoying because most people that ask arent people that are in the situations that I mentioned above. Most of aren’t too bad off, they can make it, they just want it easier.

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  6. obviously this person has no clue what kind of issues have to be overcome to not be homeless. Find affordable housing in this city is not easy. Just because you do not see the couch surfers such as families and the elderly does not mean they are not “making” the effort to find their own home. Being cynical and judgemental means this person posting obviously is giving into their inner Grinch.

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  7. There are over 2200 people that are homeless in Edmonton right now….you are a Self entitled grinch

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  8. Marie says:

    Beautifully written OP!
    I “ditto” your post 100% 🙂

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  9. naked? Who’s going naked?

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  10. My internet is free and my cell phone, of which I need in case of emergencies as I have a 6 year old epileptic son, is $40.00. What advice do you give for me this holiday season?

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  11. Spoken like someone who’s never gotten to the point of actually using those services that are apparently so easy to access.

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  12. Tanita Faye Tanita Faye says:

    Just over $100 is actually not that bad… on a single income on my own I pay $60 toward internet portion at my place and my cell is $65/month which is cheaper than many because of a family plan. So I’m a lucky one at a combined $125/month for Internet and cell phone. Lots of people pay a lot more for just those 2 services. Stuff is not cheap these days that’s for sure. But what your paying is actually a good deal for those

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  13. Who really cares?! If someone wants to come online and ask for free stuff and someone give it to them good for them!! Like why do you care so much, if your not the one giving away your stuff it shouldn’t matter. Everyone has to make an issue out of something, God help us deal with people who complain about everything !!!

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    • Marie says:

      Hmmm … and your not complaining Daniella Quin?
      I’d like to complain about your ears! … No, on second thought I won’t … They actually match your mentality quite appropriately

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  14. Two ways dealing. Ignore the posts or help
    Simple. Sad the Grinch def lives In that person

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  15. Saving $100 a month = saving $1200 a year.. its a huge amount.

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