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BLOG: Does the Town of Bel Air Have a Homeless Problem?

On my way to work, I noticed a homeless gentlemen washing his clothes in the town fountain, then he proceeded to lay his clothes out on the court house steps to let them dry.

I don't know if it is at the problem stage yet but it sure is a nuisance when . Just the other week when I was headed down Main Street, on my way to work, I noticed a homeless gentlemen washing his clothes in the , then he proceeded to lay his clothes out on the court house steps to let them dry.

Later that day the same man stumbled into the coffee shop to get a cup of ice for his drink. He then proceeded to sit out front with another local homeless man and smoke cigarettes that they picked up out of the trash can.

I asked them to move along because they were scaring away customers and after a brief argument they finally left. The problem is this has turned into an everyday event and God help us when it gets cold.

I am not a heartless person and in some ways I truly feel bad for these people, but it is not good for my business, let alone any other business along Main Street. Hopefully the powers to be will look to correct this before it becomes a major problem.

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Gina September 21, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Eric, I know you weren't saying that I was incorrect. I think we can just agree to disagree. I truelly hope that one day you, or someone you care about, doesn't find themselves in the shoes of the less fortunate that we are speaking of.
Ian Mitchell September 23, 2011 at 01:56 PM
AMEN John! As a buisness owner I give plenty back to the community and registered sex offenders and drunks are not who I choose to give to.
Eric bel air September 26, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Angels on Earth huh? How about this homeless guy who is "alleged" to have kidnapped a 5 year old from Carsins Run sports complex? http://belair.patch.com/articles/alleged-carsins-run-kidnapper-arrested P.S. I'm still awaiting a reply from Brenda who took offense to my original comment...
RW Willy September 27, 2011 at 02:47 AM
The local business owner is not obligated to GIVE back anything. He put his money and time on the line to run a business. If they want to do something, buying rec uniforms or supporting a school PTA or boosters is fine. Giving a bum a coffee or a blanket is not solving the problem. But if it makes you feel better then go ahead. I equate free food and handouts to the homeless like feeding stray cats. Once you start they just never go away.
Kai September 27, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Mathew 25:37-40 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' "The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for Me.'

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