That Man on the Street
|Keshet Productions, 2015
We have all seen, at one time or another, the “homeless” on our streets.
During the Great Depression when there was no welfare or Social Services, hundreds of thousands roamed the streets of our cities seeking work. These men and women would rarely accept “handouts” unless they could work for them.
Today times have changed drastically. People of all ages are on the streets or in shelters for the homeless for a great variety of reasons: seldom do we ask “Why?” We tend to place such people into categories of our own imaginations — they are ne’er-do-wells, or bums; rarely do we ask —or seek to know the individual’s cause.
This is the story of one man’s loneliness “on the street” and the varied interpretations of those who see him — until, finally, the truth comes to light.
“Mark my words – this tramp and the rest of them wasted bits of skin will be applying for our City Welfare shortly.
“Those people are like that!
“I know; I bin dealing with the likes o’ them all my life!”
Here he paused and turned to look at the lady sitting next to him — the next scheduled to speak: Ms. Calia Simmonds.
“And don’t you give me a load o’ legal crap about Civil Rights!
“If this bugger has Rights; then what about the thousands of our taxpayers’ Rights?
“What has this bugger done to benefit our City or our Community that gives him any right to special treatment?
“Nothin’… that’s what!”
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