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Homeless America: 'Everyone Should Be Able to Pee for Free With Dignity'


Society & Culture  (tags: Americans, UN study, free restrooms homeless, children, family, society, sadness, safety, rights, humans, health, freedoms, ethics )

Carrie
- 52 days ago - america.aljazeera.com
More than 2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to toilets, the United Nations said Friday, mainly highlighting it as a problem for developing countries. But for many homeless Americans, finding a clean restroom can also be a challenge.



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Kamia T. (72)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
I hate to be blunt, but I managed properties along the Southern California coast, which has a higher ratio of homeless than almost anywhere, and even with FREE bathrooms up and down the beach, many of them chose to relieve themselves anywhere and everywhere. One of the factors we don't want to face is that many of the homeless have very severe PTSD, addiction or other mental challenges that can make them extremely anti-social.
 

Val R. (244)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 6:23 pm
Noted - too many thoughts to comment - thanks,
 

Kathleen Mireault (74)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 6:54 pm
Noted with sadness and indignation! Thanks for posting, Carrie. We should not have people who're homeless and so marginalized that they find themselves without basic necessities! If some of them harbor antisocial attitudes (and they do), it's hardly a wonder.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 8:15 pm
Well said Kathleen
 

Betsy Bee (1048)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 8:48 pm
Thank you for this posting. This is sadly so true.
 

Freya H. (306)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 9:23 pm
I can certainly understand your view, Kamia; and yes, some people are going to pee and poo wherever they like. However, not all homeless people are antisocial or have mental challenges. The homeless are still entitled to human dignity.

Some of them may whiz everywhere because they got in the habit of it, being unable to find a proper potty.
 

Arild Warud (166)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:39 am
Just another result of what's wrong with USA's Social Security system,thanks for posting Carrie.
 

Fi T. (16)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:14 am
Help them help themselves
 

Tonya Freeman (31)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:46 am
First and foremost "home is where the heart is" and the heart is within the body. In actuality, one is never homeless. They are without a safe haven to rest their mind, body and soul.

There is far too much on my mind regarding this subject. I shall stop and pray.
 

Ros G. (92)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:58 am
Thanks for the article Carrie.....you are right in some ways Kamia.....yes, Governments, communities and individuals must recognise those that suffer from "very severe PTSD, addiction or other mental challenges" and give them all the assistance they need.......the "Rich and Famous" also indulge in anti-social behaviour..but they get all the assistance they need from highly paid Barristers......I am a retired fully Licensed Real Estate Agent and I am on the Register of every Social Worker in my Community...... I still own a 5 star cleaning business.....and we do presentation cleans/styling for the "well to do"..but when a Social Worker rings me up and tells me they have a client...who needs a little help.....so they won't end up homeless and they have an inspection due......I personally go myself and charge a very basic fee.. we have become to judgemental as a Society......those with less are more worthy at times than those that have.....I know where my rewards come from..........
 

Ashley heffner (458)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 10:16 am
Hmm an important issue, that I never would have thought of. Thanks. Will forward this.
 

Carmen Baez (50)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:26 pm
Great article, thanks.
 

Jordan G. (29)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 7:07 pm
Have worked with the homeless. They run the gamut from wanted to rejoin to wanting to stay outside of society.

Can not pigeonhole them, any more than we can pigeonhole each other.

Nonetheless, Kamia is quite correct.

A complicated problem.

 

Krista Slavin (172)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 11:22 am
Noted
 
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