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.
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.