Here in the UK, people have been physically abused by drunks & in some places arrested, for being homeless. There’s the anti homeless spikes & you hear selfish shop owners moaning that having a homeless person nearby affects their business. So these businesses ask the council to remove them.
Why some drunk people beat up homeless people is troubling & something I’ve never understood. I remember a long time ago now when I was sleeping rough, meeting another homeless guy in Oxford. He had a huge gash on his head, he told me the police had done that to him. The gash was huge & looked like it needed stitches. I flagged down a taxi & gave the driver all the money I had made busking that day & asked him to take the wounded man to A&E. I asked if it would be enough money to get him there & the driver said it was. I regret now that I never got in the taxi & accompanied the man to the hospital. I should have gone with him to ensure he was alright, I hope he got to the hospital OK.
I can’t help but think these shop owners have a choice, & they don’t have to be cold hearted, they could choose to be kinder people if they wanted, we all get a choice. They could have helped those homeless people, they are in a position to do so, they could have chosen to care that there was another human being who needed help. They could have at least got them a meal & a drink, found some compassionate support in the local community for them. They didn’t have to be so hard on them, so cruel & spiteful.
We get a choice, we can choose compassion or hate.