Two Burger Kings, a McDonalds and a Subway in lower Bucks County, PA doesn’t like the homeless in their establishment, and try to get rid of them ASAP. So does the Levittown public library and surrounding area.
Yet, we read all the time about people who are not homeless committing crimes. The latest was from a 19 year old druggie, who pawned his girlfriend’s watch and laptop. He also pawned a Playstation 4 from his parent’s house! This, he told police, was to support his drug habit. http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/27/cops-man-pawns-girlfriends-property/
Unlike Burger King, McDonalds and Subway, Denny’s in Penndel and Wendy’s in Levittown welcomes everybody – treats them the same. Their policy is based on the content of the character and not their living arrangements.
Denny’s manager told me that my friend and I, homeless at the time, were welcome to stay as long as we like as long as it isn’t crowded. Likewise did a manager at Wendy’s. This manager told me a story about a time someone invited a homeless man in for a meal into a Burger King where he worked. A customer nervously approached the counter and frantically told the staff that a homeless guy came in.
“So?”, the storyteller remarked. The Wendy’s manager said that he thought this was silly – to get worked up about the homeless entering the establishment.
The rundown on Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway:
- Burger King: At the one in Bristol @Beaverdam Road and Bristol Pike, one morning a homeless woman went to the counter for her free refill. The general manager snapped that she wasn’t allowed to hang out there all day. One night, after this rude behavior, when we entered, the shift manager told us my sick homeless friend was not allowed there. When I pressed her for a reason, she said the manager doesn’t want homeless people there because they panhandle.
- Burger King: Near the Oxford Valley Mall: One day, as my friend was getting more food, the general manager demanded my friend leave immediately before he calls the police. My sick friend was able to stay at the next door Boston Market, who graciously allowed her to stay until I picked her up.
- McDonald’s Fairless Hills, in the Giant Parking Lot: The manager, whom I call “Twenty Minutes”, booted my friend because she was there 20 minutes, tossed the sick woman out into cold, rainy windy weather. When I came to pick her up, I asked Ms. Minutes where my friend was. She said she was waiting for the bus. When I told her my friend was not there, she sarcastically said my friend was not her responsibility. I reminded Ms. Minutes that she threw my sick friend out into the inclement weather. I called her a low life and said I would no longer spend a penny there and would tell everyone not to patronize McDonalds.
- Subway near the old Walmart: After staying a short while, my friend was booted. The rationale: She was smoking in the ladies room. I doubt that. It was about 70 degrees out with little to no wind. When I spoke with the manager and just said some homeless just need a place to linger after they eat, he Augustly said that the restaurant is not for the homeless. At night, some homeless friends and I used to hang out and had friendly conversations with the hostess on duty.
The homeless are simply people, whom for one reason or another, don’t have a dwelling. Other than that, they are simply a microcosm of society.
At a recent homeless and needy community meal, a friend who had been working couldn’t move into a room because he got laid off. But he told me he would keep trying and had faith that he’d find a place in time. I have faith in general but in particular after the recent election that businesses will again flourish. By cutting taxes and asinine, onerous regulations, the economy improves and there are more jobs and less homelessness. I believe that under progressive rule (progressing to socialism), there is more homelessness. I entitled a blog about this “Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.”
Another homeless friend recently told me that she had been saving money by working, and thought she’d have a place by September. Consequently, she gave the hand and foot warmers I gave her ages ago to another homeless person. She expects to find a place soon.
There are other former homeless people who “have made it.”
As is the case with other populations, there are problem people. One homeless man who came to a dinner drunk on several occasions, the last time knocking a man down, cutting the back of his head, is now in the Bucks County jail.
Because caring people stepped up and did something about this wrongdoing, the community meals are now peaceful – a joyful place to go where people can go to find solace among friends and the hosts. Being homeless doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Contributions to homeless stereotypes are not tax deductible!
US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once said on C-Span that blacks should not be excused for bad behavior because of past wrongs against them. Doing this, the judge said, would lower them to being animals, where they can’t make moral choices of right and wrong. Ditto for the homeless.
Reporting a homeless man committing a crime shows that there are people who treat the homeless like human beings and not animals, expecting civil behavior. This has sent a message through the homeless community that bad behavior will not be tolerated and will have consequences. This is the way to give peace a chance.
“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.”