Take a good look at them. They've got money for tobacco, and even if the legislature bumps up the tax by $2 a pack as they've reportedly been considering, you can bet that these poor waifs will manage to scrape enough cash together to buy more ciggies. And they almost always have a dog - in this case, two. Unlicensed, of course, and un-vaccinated. Because they homeless!
Do any of these jokers look as though they're unable to work?
When I stopped by Big 5 in a Tigard strip mall the other day to look for a new pair of shoes, there was a fairly good-looking gal, maybe 18, sitting on the sidewalk against a storefront, sucking on a ciggie and playing with her puppy while some guy who looked to be around 40 paced back and forth. These poor homeless people can't work! Despite the fact that Fred Meyer, Buster's Barbecue, and other shops all around the area are advertising with signs and flyers for employment opportunities.
Nope, the answer, according to Portland and Multnomah County, is for them to build 200 square-foot "tiny homes" for these clowns at a cost to taxpaying residents of $75,000 - and - residents are supposed to allow the government to install these things in residential back yards and agree to let "homeless" people live there for five years. Thanks, but no - I'd rather not have our licensed and vaccinated dog running through hypodermic needles and ciggie butts in the yard.
It's hard to imagine a more effective way to destroy property values across entire neighborhoods around here.
What a freaking zoo.