real talk narwhal has anyone given you shit yet for being a homeless guy on a cellphone yet
or do they not see you as a homeless guy
That's the thing, right
Hobo with a tablet? The hell?
So security guards are confused by the obviously successful guy sleeping in a doorway
Other homeless people don't identify me as one of them and just ask me for money all day
Like yeah, I could get 1, maybe 2 nights in a hostel for the value of this tablet
But in terms of information, contact and entertainment, this thing is invaluable
yeah, that's a thing people don't get about poverty
you have to start thinking short vs. long term
when i was right on the brink, before my disability assistance kicked in, some lady from welfare came to my apartment, which i was barely affording (and rent was basically like 90% of my welfare cheque, leaving me almost no money for food and i was literally going days without eating and taking painkillers to deal with it)
and was like, well, you have a laptop, and an xbox, you could sell those, they're worth money
do you really need those things
i'm like, i will get maybe $50 for the Xbox, tops, and it's unlikely i will get that in cash, if I go to a pawn shop I will likely get $25 in cash, if I go to an electronics store they'll give me $50 but in store credit, I can't eat $50 in store credit
laptop it's probably like, maybe a few hundred, but it's a similar issue. the most money i'd get for it would be a place that'd give it to me in credit, and the problem is i gotta eat, and even then it's less than a month's groceries? tops.
and what i am losing in return is internet access, which is huge, and my primary way of keeping myself sane and connected to people during this time in my life. it is also a loss i will not be able to recover from for the forseeable future. i am likely to be impoverished for a long time, and thus for the benefit of less than a month's worth of groceries (which i can sometimes get from the food bank for free, which is what i have been doing to not die) i would lose something that is effectively irreplaceable.
same goes for my clothes and a lot of my other material possessions
this is something a lot of people don't understand about poverty
it's like, they want you to show you're trying not to be poor anymore... by essentially nuking your ability to get your shit together once the current crisis is passed? what
This is one of my go to stories when I try to explain why stupid bullshit like "poor people have microwaves" is stupid bullshit. And also why generally speaking society as a whole would benefit from not forcing people to liquidate major assets in times of need, that they will still need later.
but come on
Let's take this to the logical extension here
You don't really need 2 kidneys, do you? Plenty of people get by fine with just one!
I don't even have two fully-functioning kidneys!