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During my first ever trip to Starbucks with my friends I bought a coffee worth more than five dollars That is more than some homeless people spend in a week I spent it all on a drink that I didnt even finish There is increasing inequality of incomes and a widening gap between the rich and the poor Nunez 367 In our economy some people can afford to buy a five-dollar cup of coffee every day while others would spend that amount of money on five separate meals To redeem ourselves for our frivolous behaviour that day at Starbucks or perhaps due to it my friends and I bought some treats from their snack bar to give away to the homeless The people we gave them to were very grateful I felt guilty standing there drinking my venti frappacino This was my first time giving to someone on the street and my first time looking a homeless person in the eye Usually I look away so they wont ask me for money and I wont have to deny them The stereotypical view of homeless people portrays them as passive lazy disaffiliated and disempoweredBoydell et al 26 I believed the stereotypes homeless people are lazy they will spend any money you give them on drugs and if you help them they will never help themselves However no one deserves to be homeless and sometimes people do need a little help People busily walk down the sidewalk every day hardly anyone even glancing at a person sitting in a doorway panhandling The individual is sidestepped like a mud puddle avoided as a nuisance The social isolation that homeless people experience on a day to day basis is what originally leads them to become homeless The article by Morrell-Bellai et al looks at a study of homeless people in Toronto It focuses on why people become homeless and why some of those individuals remain homeless In society when
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