Above and beyond the call of duty: Are we expected to be caregivers to the homeless?

By Perly Viasmensky
There is a subject I would like to share with whoever wants to read it now and understand.
I am anticipating that a parasite (we all know who he is) who is always criticizing me for writing things against homeless people (instead of understanding that my comments are against the behavior of the homeless), is going to be standing up to disagree with my comments now, but what I am about to share with all of you is the truth, and nothing but the truth.
Maybe, just maybe, the Councilwoman of Ward 3, Olivia Diaz, who is always in favor of homeless people, can learn something from this article of mine.
My business location in downtown Las Vegas, in the jurisdiction of Olivia Diaz, very specifically attracts homeless people. There are numerous businesses up and down the same street and not one of those homeless people dares to hang around, camp, pee, defecate, or vomit in, on, or at any of those locations, but my place is the one with a very special magnetic attraction for the homeless.
I wrote many times before that when I come to work, I have to clean urine, feces, vomit, needles and other drug paraphernalia, without any assistance from the city or the Councilwoman for that Ward who so emphatically defends those homeless individuals.
We need to accept the fact that all those homeless people receive a check from the government deposited in a bank account from which they can retrieve their funds with a debit card they all have. (If Ms. Diaz can prove that I am wrong about that, I would love to hear from her — but lack of funds still should not grant anyone permission to pee and defecate all over private property.)
Last week we had an incident on our property, which all of a sudden became a “maternity ward” when a homeless woman was in labor, not in any other place down the street from our location, but on our own property. Looking at her shopping cart we could see that she had not been homeless for just a little while, but for several months. It was packed full from top to bottom.
A homeless man knocked on the window of my business saying, “Call 9-1-1; a woman is giving birth.” He ran out, he did not walk away, he ran away, like someone who did not want to get involved. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the father of the child about to come into this world and he didn’t want anyone to know.
Hey, we all have necessities on which we have to spend our money, and if you so badly need sex, condoms should be part of the necessities on which you spend some of that money from your government check.
On average, condoms cost about a dollar each, but it may be less or more depending on the brand, the store, and the package. Most of the time larger packs end up being a better value. Packs of 3 go for about $3 to $6. In packages of 12 or more, condoms usually cost less than $1 each. So plan ahead for how much sex you intend to have!
When her water broke, there was water everywhere, and the baby was ready to come out. There was blood (and/or blood-colored water) all over the parking lot. While it may seem cold (blooded) to think of myself at a time like that, there is never any consideration for me, at any time, no matter what I have to clean up. No matter who has what disease. I am always the one who has to clean up the mess. But who will take care of me if I come down with a disease from one of those protected-but-highly-thoughtless and uncaring homeless individuals? Is Ms. Diaz at my business every day to help me clean up? Does she offer to pay for steam cleaning of my property to help me feel safer from the various excretions of those who choose to release them all over my property? And especially now, during this health pandemic!
We thank the emergency crew that responded so fast, and we hope the baby survived, considering the fact that the baby might have a cowardly daddy who ran away from the situation, and we further hope that the baby can find a home soon with a family that loves him or her dearly for the rest of its life.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.

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