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newhere

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 5, 2011
Hi I am not trying to start drama or anything on here but I am just curious about the man that is always on the street bench in front of the Jaguar dealership on 520. I see him every day and feel so sorry for him. I have heard a few different stories and just wondered what the actual story was. He is NEVER out asking for food or money just keeping to himself. If you know anything about him please let me know. The story I heard was extremely sad and I would love to just talk to him if thats the case. Please dont make this a hate post or bashing post. Just wanna make sure the guy is ok!! Everyone needs someone in their life!!
concerned too

Watertown, NY

#2 Apr 5, 2011
I was also wondering...what story did you hear? Does'nt MI have a homeless shelter?
newhere

Orlando, FL

#3 Apr 5, 2011
I heard that he had lost his wife and child and doesnt want to have a house bc he feels it would never feel like home. I was told that he does have money but just chooses to live the way he does..I just kinda wondered what he true story was..I wanna cry everytime I pass by and see him!!
coral castle homstead fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Jul 2, 2011
If its the guy that's been around for a long time, I think people call him "lighter bum". These kids made a MySpace page for him long ago. He's paranoid delusional along with out mental issues. He has money, and has been robbed and beat up by punk ass kids numerous times. He spends his money on cigarettes, and writes " interesting to say the least" designs and the same numbers over and over again, on the blank inside of cigarette cartons. He was a truck driver long ago, from what an old probation officer that knew him, told me. The man might be a modern day Job, and talk to God for all us in society know. I keen that whole heartedly, and nothing makes me more sick, than to drive by him when I use to live there and see cops harassing the poor soul

Since: Oct 11

United States

#5 Oct 3, 2011
He is lighter bum he sucks butane from lighter hass plenty of money and is a war vet he has been doing the same thing for over 15 years when I first met him plus he wear three coats all year round
andre

Atlanta, GA

#6 Oct 18, 2012
newhere wrote:
Hi I am not trying to start drama or anything on here but I am just curious about the man that is always on the street bench in front of the Jaguar dealership on 520. I see him every day and feel so sorry for him. I have heard a few different stories and just wondered what the actual story was. He is NEVER out asking for food or money just keeping to himself. If you know anything about him please let me know. The story I heard was extremely sad and I would love to just talk to him if thats the case. Please dont make this a hate post or bashing post. Just wanna make sure the guy is ok!! Everyone needs someone in their life!!
theordre diggs
Ice

United States

#7 Mar 18, 2013
andre wrote:
<quoted text> theordre diggs
we have always called him later man or helmet man. I remember him when I was about 7 years old that be in 21 years ago when he was a very young very handsome still homeless man. my mom has always told me that he lost his wife and children in a car accident but that he has money. I know you is delusional anyways I see him often saluting it and marching as if he's in the war. I have always wondered what his true story is.

Since: Mar 09

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#8 Mar 20, 2013
Oh, that is soooo sad! It is just a shame that in our society some way we can't help the mentally disturbed homeless people who are helpless really because their condition renders them incapable of caring for themselves. They are like lost children in adult bodies. In my community there is one young man I always see on the streets. It is plain that he has a mental illness. Last summer we had temps over 100 and one day I saw him just circling around blocks. The poor homeless people and the conditions they must endure to survive. I don't think I would make it a month living they must do. It is a shame on all of the rest of us that we don't find a way to help them, as most people just ignore them or even harass and look down on them. They were all somebody's baby, with a Mama full of hope for their lives. Very sad....
resident

West Mifflin, PA

#9 Apr 6, 2013
lachase wrote:
Oh, that is soooo sad! It is just a shame that in our society some way we can't help the mentally disturbed homeless people who are helpless really because their condition renders them incapable of caring for themselves. They are like lost children in adult bodies. In my community there is one young man I always see on the streets. It is plain that he has a mental illness. Last summer we had temps over 100 and one day I saw him just circling around blocks. The poor homeless people and the conditions they must endure to survive. I don't think I would make it a month living they must do. It is a shame on all of the rest of us that we don't find a way to help them, as most people just ignore them or even harass and look down on them. They were all somebody's baby, with a Mama full of hope for their lives. Very sad....
Something you're forgetting is that a lot of them choose to live as they do. Some of them lost their homes 30 years ago when educated people filed lawsuits and campaigned against depriving the mentally impaired of their freedom by institutionalizing them.
Jane

Orlando, FL

#10 Apr 10, 2013
There was a young homeless man staying on an empty lot next to Gregory's on A1A Cocoa Beach. He was living under a tree - the worst of circumstances. I often stopped to drop off food/money/say hello. He's gone and I haven't seen him for a few months. Does anyone know what happened to him. He obviously had some mental health issues and I was curious how someone so young could be so alone, no family, no friends and no help. Truly sad.
Raider

Winter Garden, FL

#11 Aug 28, 2014
I think I have found the person you are inquiring about. I saw this man for years on MI he wore coats year round it seems. He moved over the Cocoa area and now he sleeps nightly at a Bus Stop in front of my home in Rockledge. My children first saw him one morning as they were walking the dog. They came in to tell me that a homeless person was asleep on the bench at the bus stop and wanted to know if they could take him some food. I allowed them to fix him a care package. He has been in the in area for a few months now and I have been feeding him daily Breakfast and dinner. Others in the area give him things to eat as well. I make sure he has Gatorade and water because the recent temps have been extreme. He is completely harmless and bothers no one at all. The only thing he has ever asked for was a pen because he writes a lot and his pen gave out of ink.
Valentine

Brandon, FL

#12 Mar 25, 2015
His name is John. His mother lives in Diana Shores on MI. He has access to money from his family. He does have mental disabilities and chooses his life style. I was very surprised to learn from a neighbor of his mother is that he is only 49 years old. His b-day is August 1966. I guess a life on the street can age you.
Raider

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#13 Apr 12, 2015
Thanks for the update. John (aka Uncle Jimmy to my kids) has moved out West Cocoa. We went on vacation during the Christmas Holidays and I made arrangements with some friends to make sure he continued to get food and care packages while we were gone. Well he moved and my sister saw him as she was heading to Orlando. He's been on 520 West since Jan 2015 now. Glad to know he has family. Yes,he writes a lot and often gave me notes to deliver to Gen. Sutton on Peachtree St. I know there is a facility on Peachtree St in Cocoa for Vets but never heard of any Staff member by the last name of Sutton. I did however Google the name and there is a Ret. Gen. Sutton that is a Psychologist in a Branch of the Military, she treated military personnel with mental disorders and also has written a few books. John also likes to read. If I didn't know any better based on my conversations with him I would think he was a POW. He does not talk to everyone he's very selective on who he converses with. I worry about him because he has lost weight over time he really needs to be seen by a very good compassionate doctor.
Jude

Ocala, FL

#14 Oct 14, 2015
I work in MI every Wed afternoon and always see him at the bus stop on my way to 95. Interesti,g stories you all have posted. I stop at the same Kangaroo Mart on the way home and all the clerk told me is that he chooses to live that way but never begs or bothers anyone. I have to wonder how often he is assaulted and robbed. Poor guy.
Margie

United States

#15 Feb 21, 2016
Anyone know what happened to "john" the homeless man on 520. Haven't seen him and none of his belongings are there.
Anonymous

Cocoa, FL

#16 Mar 3, 2016
Margie wrote:
Anyone know what happened to "john" the homeless man on 520. Haven't seen him and none of his belongings are there.
I was wondering this, too. It's been quite a while since I have seen him on the bus bench.
hhkhiu

Merritt Island, FL

#18 Apr 24, 2016
He probably doesn't get messed with too often. He's one of the respected homeless people around here. Many people around here would stick up for him if they saw somebody messing with him because everybody around here knows that he wouldn't do anything to deserve it. He's nothing like the bums on Courtenay that sleep in the woods by Fortenberry. They actually rob houses in the side streets around that area. One jumped the fence of my sister's house while my nieces were home. My nephew chased him and the cops caught him.
hhkhiu

Merritt Island, FL

#19 Apr 24, 2016
lachase wrote:
Oh, that is soooo sad! It is just a shame that in our society some way we can't help the mentally disturbed homeless people who are helpless really because their condition renders them incapable of caring for themselves. They are like lost children in adult bodies. In my community there is one young man I always see on the streets. It is plain that he has a mental illness. Last summer we had temps over 100 and one day I saw him just circling around blocks. The poor homeless people and the conditions they must endure to survive. I don't think I would make it a month living they must do. It is a shame on all of the rest of us that we don't find a way to help them, as most people just ignore them or even harass and look down on them. They were all somebody's baby, with a Mama full of hope for their lives. Very sad....
Not everybody wants help. If they don't want help and you try to help them, then you're in the wrong. Some people just want to be left alone. The lighter guy for example, had a lady try to give him money to take some pictures of him and he told her to get lost. Which i respect the fact that he wasn't willing to let someone take pictures of him like he's a wild animal.The real problem with our society is that everybody wants to impose their beliefs on other people. Some people don't want the house with a white picket fence and a car that they take loans out for because they can't afford it. A lot of the homeless people you see are homeless because they choose to be. They have a sense of freedom that you and I will never understand. If a homeless person wants the help, then yes, society should help them. And by help them, I don't mean by passing laws that makes it illegal to be homeless.
Travis

Winter Park, FL

#20 Dec 17, 2016
He is still there sleeping on the bench in front of the Jaguar dealership. I tried to give him a cup of fruit and a doughnut one night as I was walking by and he got a little upset and growled and shoed me away. I guess I don't blame him, yet you typically think someone who lives like that would be hungry. I passed him tonight and didn't disturb him, even though I was carrying a dish of southern style shrimp and grits to a friend. I thought about stopping, yet then wondered the same as everyone else, if he actually even needs the food and whether he would rather just not be disturbed. Well, I got home and had a desire to help out the homeless this Christmas and was doing a search for charity programs in Merritt Island that serve food to the homeless on Christmas day. I haven't found any group so far that is doing that, yet that is how I happened to stumble upon this thread, interestingly enough.
johnnyo

Ormond Beach, FL

#21 May 8, 2017
I'm Johnny, I have a little dog and we sleep in a minivan, i'm 58 and spent 16 months in iraq, I can speak 3 languages and have been to many countries, I only make 735.00 a month, how can I not be homeless on my budget, the police have been both rude and mean to me in several towns, I have a storage unit where I keep my belongings, I tried to sleep there (just a few hours) and my van was towed away and I was put in Jail, they took my dog away, and after I got out I had to wait 22 days to get him out of the animal shelter lucky I had 104 dollars or he would have been destroyed, I told the police I was sorry, I was just very tired, they made jokes about me and treated me disrespectful, I'm just trying to survive, can't find a place in Cocoa bch for less than 500 a month, and the deposits make it truly impossible, we sleep where we can and try not to get beaten and robbed again.

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