Thinking that somehow you can make peace with some people through appeasement often creates more problems. Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain thought he could make things hunky-dory with Hitler by letting him have a chunk of Czechoslovakia, a heavily industrial, strategic area which the Nazis used to invade other countries.
Chamberlain’s appeasement to Hitler must have been what his successor, Winston Churchill, was thinking about when he coined the phrase “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
“Never smile at a crocodile
No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile
Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin
He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin…”
Appeasement is causing problems in Bucks County, PA. Some folks who go to the community meals for the homeless and those in need think people abusing the privilege should be given a free pass and nothing should be done about threats, harassment, and even physical violence. Calling the police is not in some people’s DNA. By not doing something about criminal activity and even helping a crocodile escape some people think it will satisfy him. This is a crock!
Their alleged advocates, the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) likewise think wrongdoing should be ignored and that by devising ad hoc schemes to cover it up will appease some in the homeless community and make the so-called advocates come out squeaky clean, thinking it will insure funding and let them feel good.
A guest who goes to the meals, who was the subject of malicious gossip, most of which originated from a former homeless woman whose quest was to be queen of the homeless, was made a scapegoat at a meal where he was threatened by a crocodile. At the meal at Redeemer Lutheran church, Penndel, three crocodile hunters wrestled the croc off of the other guest and relocated him to the opposite end of the room, where AHTN and the hosts talked. Here things were said about the victim. I couldn’t hear what was said, but the crock had said elsewhere that the guy he threatened was saying things about others in the homeless community. Another homeless guy at the meal echoed this gossip.
Evidently, an AHTN member in the crock corner must have said something to convince the host not to let the victim of the unprovoked attack back to the meal the next time it was held and got AHTN to ban the victim from the AHTN bus. The crock, however, was allowed back to the meal and was allowed to keep riding the bus. By the way, AHTN rules forbid its clients to ride the bus while intoxicated.
The police came and said the host wanted the victim to leave immediately. Nobody listened to his side of the story that night nor were any witnesses interviewed!
Because of this gross miscarriage of justice, the victim filed a lawsuit against the members of AHTN who were in the crock corner and Redeemer Lutheran.
About a year and a half later, when the victim greeted a relative of AHTN’s president at a community meal, the relative confronted him about filing a lawsuit against AHTN, complaining to one of the hosts about it. The plaintiff said that he didn’t file against AHTN but against members of AHTN. He also pointed out that the drunk and disorderly guy is in jail.
If AHTN kept appeasing the crocodile, he would have continued his behavior. One formerly homeless woman said that if this kept up, he might even kill somebody! He was arrested, after being on the lamb for weeks after someone spotted him and called the police. This wasn’t appreciated by everybody.
Because people stepped up to the plate, the problem was finally resolved. This sent a message through the neighborhood that there are consequences for bad behavior. This is a good start.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.“