Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

August 27, 2009

The Invisible People

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:52 am

No dumpster diving finds tonight. Tonight when I’m driving to my route (for lack of a better term), I see the invisible people. The people you only see at night. The homeless man riding his bicycle with a bags of cans taped to his bike. The homeless lady walking around with a couple of bags trying to look inconspicous. I live in a fairly affluent area. Homeless people (even the ones who are trying to be discrete) still continue to get hassled by the local police.

The other invisible people are those who are living in an RV, their car or their office. As I drive by at night, I pass several office buildings in my area. The lights are on in the offices, more so than they used to be. Sometimes I think these folks are living in their office. Maybe they’re self-employed and it’s easier to live in their office, rather than trying to pay for two domiciles. My heart goes out to them.

I also have many housing tracts in my area that are empty. There are far more empty houses than the media would let you believe. I should know, I’m out on my route every single night.

I’ve had a few friends ask me if I were to win the lottery or my business take off (which is something I’m also working on, building my business) would I still dive? The answer is yes. One would think businesses would allocate or donate the stuff they throw out to various charities or individuals in the community who are in need.

The main reason they don’t is liability. I pull the food out of the dumpster, get sick and sue you. That’s part of it, the other part is the unawareness of how bad things really are for some and lack of will to help in their community.

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