Show some empathy for the homeless

Re: "Homeless people ruining city for all," March 12

Tonight, I went to withdraw money from my ATM and saw a message to customer on the window stating that we are no longer able to get to the ATM after the bank is closed. I thought to myself "oh well, the bank is closed, I should have tried to get here during business hours, so now I'll go use an ATM at a convenient store, which are everywhere in this city."

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I did not blame the homeless. They, like you and me, just want a place to go. I haven't seen any smashed windows, any homeless doing drugs inside the vestibule, or taking a dump inside one either. Tell me Tiffany, where do you poop? Aren't you lucky to have that place to poop? What habits do you have - do you like to knit, or do puzzles, or hang out with your 15+ cats? Really great you have a place to do that.

Some aren't so lucky - some are born into poverty and not really given a chance or support to develop skills to be a law-abiding, tax paying citizen. I'm sure they don't want to be where they are every bit as much as you enjoy where you are and hope for better for yourself.

Nobody is punishing you, but it's unfortunate you, like the rest of the millennials I was unfortunate to be born with, are so self-absorbed that you can't see the other side and only think about how it negatively affects you.

Go to the bank during banking hours or on the weekend. I am quite sure that no matter what your schedule, if you want your money bad enough you will make it happen.

So hey, Tiffany, why don't you act like a human and instead of getting all bunched up about yourself, think of what someone else is going through in order to want to take refuge in a bank vestibule. How does your life look if that is your option and best choice? Did you forget a majority of the homeless are that way because they had some traumatic event happen where their life began to whirl out of control, or because they are suffering for mental illness where self-medication seemed to be their best option? I only ask because it seems you lost your morals and ability to think about anyone but yourself and your money. Personally, I have a lot more going on in my life and am blessed with love, family, friends, animals and joy so I don't have to think about just myself and my pennies.

It's a wonder you even managed to finish composing your letter without stopping to think about how one-sided and selfish your words were. It's absolutely embarrassing to see how some Prince George citizens lack such empathy for others. I, for one, am appalled by you. What are you doing to help homelessness and stop the problem? Really; if you aren't part of the solution - you are the problem.

Hailey George

Prince George

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