Easy to Be Hard

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  1. Tom Rhea

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    How can people be so heartless? Is it a US cultural thing, or would this happen in other first world, financially well-off countries?
    Teen dies, starved and alone
    Abused in Pa. and dumped in Fla., 18-year-old found someone to help - too late.
    By Marc Schogol
    Inquirer Staff Writer
    Jim Sewastynowicz / Hazelton Standard Speaker
    Abused and starving, Chester Lee Miller, 18, was forced sometime this month to make a desperate 1,000-mile bus journey from the home of his mother and stepfather in Hazleton, Pa., to the Florida Panhandle, a place from which his natural father had earlier sent him packing.
    Aboard the bus, in terminal after terminal, town after town, Miller said, he cried and begged strangers for help.
    No one listened.
    Weighing little more than 60 pounds, the famished teenager with sunken eyes finally arrived in Milton, Fla., about 20 miles north of Pensacola, only to be rejected again. There, authorities said, his relatives shut him out of their trailer home on Saturday and literally dumped him at an apartment complex.
    "He looked like a Holocaust victim," said Janice Goodman, at whose door Miller knocked, pleading again for help. "I never would have thought something like this would be in Florida or the United States."
    The rest of the story
     
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    In college, me and my roommate easily shoplifted enough stuff from the local 7-11 to feed an army. I would've reverted to my old criminal self before I ended up DYING.

    There's something here that is missing, some missing info. Something is wrong with the guy, that he didn't shoplift some food, or do some dumpster diving.

    What's the missing info?

    MC
     
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    Your mother must be proud.
     
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    I'd agree that story has a too pitiful to be true ring to it, I mean nobody would be so low as to shoplift from 7-11 ..................
     
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    This story is bullshit; people are not heartless. Not to sound harsh, but nobody starves to death in this country. He couldn't have walked into a Burger King or any other restaurant and begged the manager for food, or offered to wash dishes in exchange for a hot meal? He couldn't have gone to a homeless shelter? He could have walked into any office building and told the receptionist about his situation, and somebody would have helped. He could have walked into any police station.

    Either the kid was not of sound mental state, or the story is complete BS. Nobody has to starve to death in this country. Sorry, but it just doesn't happen, unless you choose it to happen or something else is really wrong.
     
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    Because, 9 out of 10 people are good, decent people. What, you think we're all "elite"? That we're "better than everyone else" because "we would have helped" and "they didn't"? [​IMG] The media has blown this one up, pal. I don't know a single person who would have turned his back on this kid had they known his situation.
    I worked at Burger King for 3 years as a teenager. The manager gave a free cup of coffee to the same homeless woman every morning. Most restaurant managers would have offered an obviously starving person some food.
     
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    maybe if he was that skinny he could have been mistaken for a junkie.. and no one thought he really needed food.
    or perhaps this country has had enough of pan handling?
     
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    I don't believe this story either...yeah its bad that someone died, but if you are starving you would find a way to get food. Doesn't matter how much you don't know, instinct would take over. If it were that bad just break some laws and get arrested...then the system takes care of you.

    I just don't buy it...
     
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