End hand­outs; time to get to work

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Re pan­han­dlers: I have been blocked by strong, healthy male pan­han­dlers on Queen Street want­ing cof­fee money; a woman driv­ing a newer car than mine, ask­ing for $10 at a gas sta­tion; a young drug ad­dict who said she was preg­nant want­ing money for cof­fee and an­other want­ing $2 to buy chips at the dol­lar store. It is not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause the fear of back­lash is real when I said no.

Many peo­ple are old, dis­abled, men­tally ill and frag­ile but they still find em­ploy­ment. It is time the hand-outs stopped and the hand-up be­gan. I am sick and tired of the bleed­ing hearts who are not help­ing by con­stantly hand­ing out to big, strong, healthy but lazy pan­han­dlers.

There are about 1,000 jobs avail­able in P.E.I. on farms and fish­eries, pick­ing ber­ries, de­liv­er­ing news­pa­pers, clean­ers for maid ser­vices, kitchen help in lodges and restau­rants, painter’s helpers, lawn care, roof­ing, lum­ber yards and more.

I say get off your lazy butts and get to work.

Flora Jean Thomp­son, Charlottetown

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