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Down These Mean Streets Down These Mean Streets an autobiography by Piri Thomas is about his life as a boy getting to manhood on the mean streets of the Spanish Harlem While growing up in Harlem Piri had an attitude adapted to him from the barrios The attitude he adopted which was both hot-tempered and violent got him into this whole life of troubles Whenever Piri had a problem he would resort it with anger and violence Piri had done this many times one for example was when he was a kid and was in class the teacher didnt let him go to the bathroom so he decided to walk out As he was walking out the door his teacher grabbed a hold of his shirt to stop him and accidentally ripped it Realizing that his shirt got ripped he became angry and without thinking turned around and punched her in the face His quick temper caused him to hit a woman which shows that he isnt able to think things out and then act in a respectful manner Another example of this attitude problem of his was when he got into an argument with his girlfriend After a party they went to Piri was walking her home and a verbal fight popped up When Piri started to get heated and unable to control his anger he sent his fist through a window which ended him up in the hospital The most explicit example of Piris aggression was at the age of twenty-two He and two of his paddie friends named Billy and Danny was trying to pull a job at a night club Piri was guarding the front door thinking anyone enters nobody leaves when all of a sudden he got shot not thinking of the consequences Piri fired in return He had shot and almost killed a hack cop earning a five to fifteen year prison sentence Even though it
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