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Homeless Woman Killed by Careless Workers
A careless road crew killed a homeless woman while attempting to clear away a homeless camp. 

Remember, life in America is a paid privilege, not a right.  You have no grounds to be anywhere unless you can pay for a place to be, whether temporary or permanent.  And people who want you gone can't be arsed to make sure you are, in fact, gone before they destroy your place.

I will say that I support the workers' grievance that they should not be assigned to remove homeless camps since that is not in their job description nor are they trained for it.  Making sure a place is really empty before you tear it up is a basic safety precaution, though.  Checking boxes for occupants or potentially hazardous items is important.

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elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: August 31st, 2018 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Tragically, this sort of thing is not rare.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 31st, 2018 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes ...

That matches my observations of how America treats homeless people. They have no right to a place to sleep, pee, sit down, or exist. They have no right to own property, which can be stolen and destroyed at the whim of anyone more powerful, which is pretty much everyone. They're often injured or killed, and perpetrators are rarely punished with much force.
cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: August 31st, 2018 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The crew stopped "moving" the encampment *after* killing a homeless "camper"...
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 1st, 2018 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ain't it amazing how the very same people who squawl bloody murder whenever our Govt exercises its "right of eminent domain" on them, haven't got a word to say when it's used against the homeless!
{{{Shakes head in disgust}}}
:^(
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 1st, 2018 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

That's no surprise at all. Nobody really owns anything. Whatever you have can be taken away the moment someone more powerful wants it. Your home, your goods, your family, your bodily integrity, your life. You don't even have to do anything wrong, just be in the way of someone society considers more important. The government simply benefits from the fact that most people don't realize this.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 1st, 2018 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

Quite true.
Your education is about the only thing I know of that they can't take away--at least not without badly damaging your mind,they can't.
:^\
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 1st, 2018 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

They can't take away knowledge, but can take away credentials, which make the knowledge itself much less useful. I know one person who graduated from college and was still in the required internship when, a few weeks later, they made a mistake at work that resulted in the degree no longer being usable. So there's four years of work down the drain, and the obligation to repay debt for a degree that can't be used so the only jobs available paid much less.
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