Sometime last night this homeless statistic rolled his/her shopping cart onto Ronald McDonald’s premises and parked it. 

The Albuquerque homeless problem is ubiquitous even if un-employment is low and jobs are rumored to be everywhere. Most  intersections in the better parts of town have panhandlers holding ” I’m Hungry ” signs right under City Hall notices that tell you not to give them a dime. 

When McDonald’s opens at five this morning, Javier will come out and shoo this squatter off but he will be back tomorrow unless he finds a better place under a freeway overpass or in the bushes around a nearby shut down restaurant.

This country has wealth but people are evenly divided on whether we should steal from the rich to take care of those who have and give nothing, or whether people are entitled to keep what they have worked for. 

This cold morning, our squatter will come in McDonalds and slump in a booth. We will buy him/her a coffee and burrito.

Using band aids to treat cancer isn’t the best strategy but to leave a homeless hungry, with change in our pockets, would be criminal.

 

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