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Sunday, August 22, 2010

More Local Police Reports!

it's time again for
in bold italics.

Those of you that are new to my blog
probably don't know that I don't do all photography...

Sometimes I throw some humor articles in here too.

I regularly publish REAL reports
from my local newspaper
and make comments on them.

Because, frankly, they are funny...
I couldn't make this stuff UP if I TRIED!

here we go!!!!:

For those of you that can't read the circled report, it says:

"10:58 a.m., homeless man yelling and singing on the corner
of Baraga and S. Fifth Street, advised to sing quieter."

1. Now, I don't know about YOU, but the fact that a homeless man feels good enough to SING is a great thing to me....I would NEVER report him to the police.  If YOU were homeless, would YOU be happy enough to be singing???  Nope. Me neither. (Give the guy credit for being happy for heaven's sake!!)

2. Being a good citizen, perhaps if the person that reported this to the police would've given the guy a sandwhich and a cup of coffee or a blanket or something it would have been better than reporting the poor guy to the police, don't  you think?

3. Did it make you smile to see that all the police did was ask him "to sing quieter"?  Good for them!!  They didn't order him to STOP singing...just to sing quieter.... I LOVED THAT!!!

4. Wonder what he was singing? Do you?

5. Wonder why the police didn't help  him by giving him the address of a local food bank or shelter? Or giving him a ride there? We have one here....I think they may have slipped up a bit there. Perhaps they did, but that wasn't published in the report. We can hope.

6. So, the lesson here is:
   a. the next time you see a homeless man loudly singing on a corner near YOU, please do NOT
      call the police and
  b. Please bring the guy a sandwich and a cup of coffee and maybe a new coat and
  c. don't wait for someone else to give him a list of places to find shelter and food, help  him out
      by providing this to him or even a ride there..... and
  d. heck....sing along with him in the car as you help him out.
I know it is a hard thing to do....
but it could be YOU or me out there on a corner someday, homeless... singing,  and trying to cope with the life that is suddenly thrust on us.........................................................................................


Unknown said...

Good one!

CiCi said...

I am so glad you did not speak unkindly of the homeless man. Did you know I was in a homeless shelter at the end of 2008? Like you, if a homeless man is singing, I say great.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I have read so much about the homeless ---and find out that most of them CHOOSE to live the way they are living... Crazy, huh???? But--they don't want others telling them what they can or cannot do... I am glad that homeless man was happy and was singing... BUT--if he were right below my window, and keeping me awake at nights, maybe I wouldn't be too happy about it... Most of the time, they are not near others --and I can't imagine why his singing would bother someone else....???? Oh Well..


dreamwalker said...

I've got really bad eyesight I thought it read "sing quicker." You're right though - if I heard a homeless man singing, I would think that at least he has a reason to sing!

Mellodee said...

"Advised to sing quieter." Awesome!Gives me back some hope that police are not all hard-nosed and that sometimes good sense still rules!

Bossy Betty said...

I'm with you on this!

Ryan said...

No-one likes a good sing song more than me but maybe the guy who called the police was working nights.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i like your words of wisdom on how to handle him...he is a human...he just has different troubles....but for grace there go i...

SquirrelQueen said...

I wouldn't discourage anyone who was happy enough to sing, especially the homeless. But if you read some of the complaints from earlier in the day on what appear to be nearby streets maybe he was singing so loudly to be heard over all the other noise in the area!

Bernie said...

Oh Joan I run into these homeless men often when I have to go downtown....very few are singing but I would be happy if they were.....there but for the grace of God go are a sweetie....:) Hugs

sharon said...

Maybe he sang "You Make Me Wanna Shout" next.

Anonymous said...

I agree that it is wonderful that a homeless man can find something to sing about. If he was singing his happy song at midnight right under my apartment window however, I might be tempted to want him to sing a little more softly. I don't think I would call the police to do the dirty work though. Most people are reasonable, if treated with kindness and respect. A polite request to lower the volume would most likely do the trick.

Rick (Ratty) said...

Maybe the police should have paid him for his performance.

Pat Tillett said...

I think it's all a matter of how good or bad the singing is. I can't even get away with singing in my own house...

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