Homeless man burned badly Listed in s...

Homeless man burned badly Listed in serious condition

There are 29 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Jan 13, 2010, titled Homeless man burned badly Listed in serious condition. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

A homeless man is listed in serious condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after he suffered third-degree burns from his waist to his ankles.

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Irate Taxpayer

Little Rock, AR

#1 Jan 14, 2010
He had money for booze. He should be billed and made to pay for the hospital stay for his burns. The taxpayer should not be liable for the hospital bills of oneone getting so drunk that he sets himself on fire. Accident or not, if he is responsible for this outcome.

Montpelier, VT

#2 Jan 14, 2010
You are among the many heartless people that this world has. Obviously you do not have to live like that, do not have any idea how he got to this point, were not there and do not even understand the pain this man has had to endure both emotionally and now physically.
Jethro Bodene

Monticello, ME

#3 Jan 14, 2010
irate taxpayer, i hope you lose your job or whatever income you have so you have a chance to live like a homeless person for a while and see how you like it. I hope you stay in wappengers falls,NY or whereever, lifes hard enough for some people without having scum like you thinking you're so hi and mighty to pass judgement on this poor person, typical NYer, you pos
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#4 Jan 14, 2010
Where is the royal plaza in brat?
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#5 Jan 14, 2010
Oh the Staple Store plaza, I got pictures of the homeless encampment site behind there. The community and the police department were complicit with this...with allowing it.

What else do you expect but a tragedy?
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#6 Jan 14, 2010
There is the one that burnt down with the women?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24901589 @N07/3981608971/sizes/l/in/set -72157622517530012/
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#7 Jan 14, 2010
The camouflage the front door:

This is what it looks like when they abandon their encampment or thrown out:

This is the one the woman almost burnt down in earlier:
B F Better Than Bratt

Bellows Falls, VT

#8 Jan 14, 2010
Bellows Falls can feel good that it did what it could to prevent this kind of tragedy to homeless people this winter.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#9 Jan 14, 2010
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#10 Jan 14, 2010
Makeshift Homes Are Leveled in Suffolk County
“All of the residents hailed from Central America and Mexico. When the economy soured, the construction jobs they had relied on dried up. Since they could no longer pay rent, they made their way to what they called la montaña, the mountain, for its location on a hillside. As temperatures dipped last week, officials from Huntington, along with social workers, visited the site and posted signs warning that the structures were unsafe and ordering the men to leave or face up to $15,000 in fines, six months in jail, or both. After the visit, the town also ordered the owners of the property, Starlight Building Corporation, to clear it of garbage and debris.”
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#11 Jan 14, 2010
Who owns that property behind the staples store...probably some out of state real-estate company who doesn’t care. Why doesn’t somebody sue them for making his property hazardous for mentally ill people.

Brattleboro show tell them to clean up their property...control their property so no more people will get hurt.
Everyone knows with these homless encampments, say in Brattleboro or Keene, they got a troubled population living in there, they aren’t airline pilots or scientist, this population is uncontrolled and dangerous to themselves.

The only reason we tolerate this is we know it would take money to house them properly....it is money over human dignity and the value of life. We value money more than we value human life.
flat lander

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#12 Jan 14, 2010
Look up the tax records and see if they were up to date on condo's with a hill side view. did the inspectors give them a permit for heating
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#13 Jan 14, 2010
What the fluck is wrong with everyone...Wednesday morning, early yesterday morning it was minus 8 degrees outside.
Linda Brown Hope MI

Morocco, IN

#14 Jan 14, 2010
Irate Taxpayer, you are a heartless jerkwad!! It matters none that this man was drinking, he was burned severely and must be in extreme pain and we all should, as fellow Americans feel for this poor soul instead of judging him, in the end, only one person can do that. And I know lots of people choose to be homeless, but he might not have been one of them. Here where I live in MI, a shelter wants to expand as the need is greater than the current space, they only have 20 beds, and heartless jerks like Irate did not give a rip where it is now, until yesterday. When the city council and the Open Door announced that a place was found, an old school that can easily house many people and it is in a residential zone and you should have heard the whining. All about here goes the hood to my property values will go down, not a scintilla of compassion for some folks that are down on their luck. Sex offenders and violent offenders have never been housed there, so I don't know why these idiots would think they would be now? In Keene, all the shelters are in a residential zone, and Morningside condos are right next to the shelter in Bratt? While Prez Obama is trying to do the best he can to turn the economy around, sadly, help is not going to come fast enough for the homeless. And it seems even NOW, people, the kind that live in their whitebread world in a gingerbread house with lolli-pop trees, kinda like Irate, the ones that don't live in the real world or turn a blind eye to it, think that all the residents of a shelter just have to be skid row bums, drug addicts, and parolees, and that is not the case. You go to any shelter in this country and you are going to see families that through no fault of their own, lost their jobs and their homes and where are these folks supposed to go? Some states will not even allot benefits such as food stamps unless the person has an address? And sadly, a lot of these folks have mental health issues as well and can't get the medications or therapy they need and you see them hunched over a bench talking to themselves and some people will just curl their lip up with disgust instead of handing them a few bucks like I have done in the past when I saw people living in a subway tunnel in NJ. For the Grace of God, go all of us, everyone potentially is a paycheck away from being homeless, even the rich, and NO ONE has job security, and that is evident when even police officers are laid off. So Irate, if you can't even squeeze out even a little bit of compassion for Mr. Garity, keep your nasty opinion in your teeny weeny closed mind!!!

Cuttingsville, VT

#15 Jan 14, 2010
Irate Taxpayer wrote:
He had money for booze. He should be billed and made to pay for the hospital stay for his burns. The taxpayer should not be liable for the hospital bills of oneone getting so drunk that he sets himself on fire. Accident or not, if he is responsible for this outcome.
Ever notice all the concerned citizens don't take the homeless into their homes and solve the problem themselves.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#16 Jan 14, 2010
This guy was severely mentally ill...he was a hazard to himself and the rest of the community. He had a astonishing powerful alcohol addiction...that forced him out in zero degree weather. This is a obscene abuse of altruism...that his constitutional rights override everything. He should have been forced into seeking treatment.

I hear nothing about a sleeping bag..what was he sleeping in?

He was drunk, why not assume foul play. Was there an accelerant on his cloths....his pants. Was he dropped off at the shopping center?

Did he have issues with the shelters....was he thrown out? Was the shelters full on Wednesdays? See, if this was a government operation we could see what went on...but this turns into a private operation. What was the conditions of the shelter on Wednesday!

Was this a suicide attempt? Did he hope to marginally injure his leg with a burn, get some hospital time and food for a week or so...get past this terrible cold spell...was he asking for respite care, was it a attention getting device...that got away from himself.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#17 Jan 14, 2010
What is the story of this guy...or does the media just look for happy stories.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#18 Jan 14, 2010
There, that is why he wasn’t in the shelter in the sub zero weather?

Today story:
“According to a report from the Brattleboro Fire Department, Spencer Garrity, 45, was transported by helicopter early Wednesday morning after he was found in the parking lot of Royal Square Plaza with serious burns.”

Charged on: 12/28/08 Simple Assault

ACCUSED:Spencer Garrity AGE: 44 Brattleboro VT
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: The Brattleboro Police met with a man at the police department who stated he had been assaulted while at the overflow shelter at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Spencer Garrity. Garrity was arrested and released on a citation to appear at the Windham County District Court to answer the charge.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#20 Jan 14, 2010
Royal Plaza owns the property?
NH Dad

Walpole, NH

#21 Jan 14, 2010
Mike some times you get running your trap too much on this board but I will give you credit tonight on this. First yes they do need to do some thing about the problem before it really becomes a serious problem to the honest and good people of Brattleboro. I been watching the same thing go on here in Keene from two or four ten years ago to a much larger number. It needs to be stopped and fix now or ten years from now its going to look like Bridgeport CT and if any of you never been there take a trip it open your eyes to what really goes on in the world. Now this guy I would kinda feel bad but I don't a drunken idiot falls in a fire could of happen to any one at a party what ever but we as tax payers have to foot the bill so lets add that up. Pull a fire alarm

2-Engine's with 6 or so firefighters
1-Ladder with 2 Firefighters or so
1-Rescue INC Ambulance with 2 people
So that's a lot for 1 guy who being a dumb ass oh I did miss DART there 3 more at about $15,000 just to fire the bird up and pick this guy up then go to Boston. I understand that there are people who need help and I never have a problem helping them but for s*^t like this I shake my head have a good night

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