Private eye tells homeless man of inh...

Private eye tells homeless man of inheritance

There are 51 comments on the News10.net story from Jun 19, 2011, titled Private eye tells homeless man of inheritance. In it, News10.net reports that:

A private investigator says he has tracked down a homeless Utah man and delivered some good news: He's inherited a lot of money.

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“....VETS”

Since: Jan 08

WELCOME HOME

#1 Jun 19, 2011
, damn the shock was too much for his heart

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#2 Jun 19, 2011
"How much is that in Ripple numbers?"
The Monkey

Hampton, VA

#3 Jun 19, 2011
Buys a lot of mad dog 20/20!
Kurt

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jun 19, 2011
Just in time...Bank of America was about to foreclose on his box.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#5 Jun 19, 2011
I've always wondered if it would help if we put some of the homeless in political offices, and some of the politicians in cardboard boxes.

“HEY! Who voted for Jared”

Since: Jun 08

Kushner? No One? Thot so.....

#6 Jun 19, 2011
Purple Gurl wrote:
I've always wondered if it would help if we put some of the homeless in political offices, and some of the politicians in cardboard boxes.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Gurl!

You BAD!!!

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#7 Jun 19, 2011
Old Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Gurl!
You BAD!!!
LOL! Well, an idea I had was a way to keep politicians in touch with the people. My idea was to make someone running for office live as a homeless person for a month. You take their credit cards, most of their cash, their electronic gadgets. To make sure they don't cheat, and for their safety, you assign them a sponsor/guide.

I even thought about expanding the idea to include other groups. Like make them try to live outside their gender or race for a while to see what it is like and to get to see their perspective.

The main problem I see with my idea is instilling stereotyped notions or turning them off to whatever communities, cultures, and lifestyles. For instance, banning homelessness and outdoor sleeping is not really a good thing. Some people actually prefer that life, and in America, you should be free to pursue your dreams. With the cross-dressing idea, that could give them wrong impressions and stereotypes, and they may miss how assumed "allies" to such persons actually harm them the most. That would require a sponsor to point out all the subtle meanings of things and the subtle ways others are disrespecting them. Since they wouldn't have the emotional connection to want to live like that, what may seem abusive to those actually like that may seem normal to an outsider getting a crash course. That would hold true for racial matters as well. The first time you get called the N-bomb might actually feel good, since it means you pass for Af.-Am., and you may miss the pain of dealing with it on a daily basis.

I remember a gender cross-living experiment that some folks tried. It was a very small sample, of no more than either 4 or 6 people. It was all inconclusive. What they did was bring in a team of therapists and cosmeticians to transform all the members of the test group into members of the other gender for a certain length of time. I forgot how many months. Well, things ended up getting called off a little sooner than anticipated. For instance, at one point, the group and crew's life was in some danger. They were all at a testosterone-filled environment, a baseball game, and one of the guys in the stands make a pass at one of the "girls." Then someone told him their suspicions. Maybe someone in the experiment said something about bigotry and the guy stood up muttering something about not being attracted to [gay guys], and then lunged at the cameraman with the group. Everyone in the experiment was shook up a bit.

I might as well mention the homeless experiments and race-change experiments. Most of those were called short. A pair of college students planned on dropping out for a year and living on the streets. They went about it in an organized way. They put together a support team of professionals on the outside as a board of directors for their experiment. The two were to stay in communication with their board. Six months into the experiment, the 2 subjects and their board unanimously decided to scrap the experiment.

Or, there is John Howard Griffin and similar with the race experiments. Griffin quit for several reasons. I think part of it was that being a bleeding heart liberal, the experience left him sick. He couldn't stand the racism and lack of hope. And part of it was that he somehow blew his cover. He somehow let his credentials slip. At first someone thought he was an impostor writer and reporter, and then put two and two together and realized he was this White journalist. Those who put him up felt betrayed and were finished with him, and concluded he could help them more back at his home. Grace Halsell tried similar, and she called the experiment short. I forgot about the 3rd to try it and don't remember his results.

“HEY! Who voted for Jared”

Since: Jun 08

Kushner? No One? Thot so.....

#8 Jun 19, 2011
I remember back in the Reagan days (ketchup is a vegetable, remember?), one of his cabinet members (I forget which one) said people eat at church kitchens because it "is free." Well, Duh.

Another said Social Security was (paraphrasing here) "never meant to be ones sole source of income in old age. People should be making smarter investments while they are working." Huh. My folks invested in house payments, food, clothing, raising my brother and myself, and every day living. Wasn't anything left to "invest."

One day, while ranting about taxes, Nelson Rockefeller (VP to Gerald Ford) said middle class people made enough money they can pay comfortably pay taxes without feeling the pinch. A hush came over the conference table when he was asked what he thought "middle class income" was. He said $300,000-500,000.

Back to Reagan again. One of his staffers was "asked" to live on the food bought using the average household income budget for food. After 2 weeks he said his wife and kids refused to eat anymore of what they were able to purchase with that budget.

Yeah. I think the folks in DC have no clue what it is like to actually live in the America outside of the beltway.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#9 Jun 19, 2011
Old Sam wrote:
I remember back in the Reagan days (ketchup is a vegetable, remember?), one of his cabinet members (I forget which one) said people eat at church kitchens because it "is free." Well, Duh.
Another said Social Security was (paraphrasing here) "never meant to be ones sole source of income in old age. People should be making smarter investments while they are working." Huh. My folks invested in house payments, food, clothing, raising my brother and myself, and every day living. Wasn't anything left to "invest."
One day, while ranting about taxes, Nelson Rockefeller (VP to Gerald Ford) said middle class people made enough money they can pay comfortably pay taxes without feeling the pinch. A hush came over the conference table when he was asked what he thought "middle class income" was. He said $300,000-500,000.
Back to Reagan again. One of his staffers was "asked" to live on the food bought using the average household income budget for food. After 2 weeks he said his wife and kids refused to eat anymore of what they were able to purchase with that budget.
Yeah. I think the folks in DC have no clue what it is like to actually live in the America outside of the beltway.
Thank you! That was what I was getting at in my idea about putting politicians in the places of others for a while. They would never fully understand since they never grew up like that, but maybe if they could all get a taste, it would help us all.

Since: Aug 09

Silver Spring, MD

#10 Jun 19, 2011
Uh Clem wrote:
"How much is that in Ripple numbers?"
Enough to have the ripple effect on the economy we've all been waiting for.

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#11 Jun 19, 2011
ah, my dream....

I 'serve' legal stuff at work every day. but usually it's divorce paperwork, notice of impending law suit or notice that parental ties are being severed. sad stuff.

It would be sweet to tell someone something awesome for once

“HEY! Who voted for Jared”

Since: Jun 08

Kushner? No One? Thot so.....

#12 Jun 19, 2011
Well, who knows, Deb. Maybe some of the stuff you serve is, in an unfortunate way, awesome. Maybe by severing parental ties, some little girl will be spared several forms of abuse at the hands of a parent. Same for a divorce...maybe some scumbag will no longer, or at least so readily, be able to beat his wife.

I know. I'm a naif. But you gotta keep thinkin''MAYBE.'

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#13 Jun 19, 2011
corrective_unconscious wrote:
<quoted text>
Enough to have the ripple effect on the economy we've all been waiting for.
Too much of that and we'll have trickle-down-the-leg economics happening.

“youbeateverythin g youknowthat ”

Since: Apr 07

Buffalo, NY

#14 Jun 19, 2011
Debra27 wrote:
ah, my dream....
I 'serve' legal stuff at work every day. but usually it's divorce paperwork, notice of impending law suit or notice that parental ties are being severed. sad stuff.
It would be sweet to tell someone something awesome for once
I'm listening hun...tell me I won the Lotto!

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#15 Jun 19, 2011
Great story! Least it was till I found out the homeless guy is now a republican candidate for president and is campaigning hard to get all social services cut!

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#16 Jun 19, 2011
Gomer wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm listening hun...tell me I won the Lotto!
mmm hmmmmm,
then I'll help you spend it, Gomer!!

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#17 Jun 19, 2011
Old Sam wrote:
Well, who knows, Deb. Maybe some of the stuff you serve is, in an unfortunate way, awesome. Maybe by severing parental ties, some little girl will be spared several forms of abuse at the hands of a parent. Same for a divorce...maybe some scumbag will no longer, or at least so readily, be able to beat his wife.
I know. I'm a naif. But you gotta keep thinkin''MAYBE.'
sam,
strange work I do, these guys are locked up for very legitimate reasons,
but my tender little heart still hurts at times.(that's a good thing, I think)

Have you ever watched those shows about folks that have won the lottery? so many of them burn through massive amounts of $$$ very quickly. I believe that people need to earn things in order to really appreciate them. Kind of like those that inherit $$, they do not seem to value this.
(hope your Father's Day was epic!)

“HEY! Who voted for Jared”

Since: Jun 08

Kushner? No One? Thot so.....

#18 Jun 19, 2011
Debra27 wrote:
<quoted text>
sam,
strange work I do, these guys are locked up for very legitimate reasons,
but my tender little heart still hurts at times.(that's a good thing, I think)
Have you ever watched those shows about folks that have won the lottery? so many of them burn through massive amounts of $$$ very quickly. I believe that people need to earn things in order to really appreciate them. Kind of like those that inherit $$, they do not seem to value this.
(hope your Father's Day was epic!)
Had a good Fathers Day. Both kids called, we went out for breakfast, and did nothing productive. A day like that is a treat from time to time.

I don't watch the lottery shows. People aggravate me enough already. I worked with a guy who summed things up pretty well....

Poor folks have poor ways...

=]

Since: Aug 09

Silver Spring, MD

#20 Jun 20, 2011
Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>
Too much of that and we'll have trickle-down-the-leg economics happening.
That eventuality would call for sterno measures.

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#21 Jun 20, 2011
Purple Gurl wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL! Well, an idea I had was a way to keep politicians in touch with the people. My idea was to make someone running for office live as a homeless person for a month. You take their credit cards, most of their cash, their electronic gadgets. To make sure they don't cheat, and for their safety, you assign them a sponsor/guide.
I even thought about expanding the idea to include other groups. Like make them try to live outside their gender or race for a while to see what it is like and to get to see their perspective.
The main problem I see with my idea is instilling stereotyped notions or turning them off to whatever communities, cultures, and lifestyles. For instance, banning homelessness and outdoor sleeping is not really a good thing. Some people actually prefer that life, and in America, you should be free to pursue your dreams. With the cross-dressing idea, that could give them wrong impressions and stereotypes, and they may miss how assumed "allies" to such persons actually harm them the most. That would require a sponsor to point out all the subtle meanings of things and the subtle ways others are disrespecting them. Since they wouldn't have the emotional connection to want to live like that, what may seem abusive to those actually like that may seem normal to an outsider getting a crash course. That would hold true for racial matters as well. The first time you get called the N-bomb might actually feel good, since it means you pass for Af.-Am., and you may miss the pain of dealing with it on a daily basis.
I remember a gender cross-living experiment that some folks tried. It was a very small sample, of no more than either 4 or 6 people. It was all inconclusive. What they did was bring in a team of therapists and cosmeticians to transform all the members of the test group into members of the other gender for a certain length of time. I forgot how many months. Well, things ended up getting called off a little sooner than anticipated. For instance, at one point, the group and crew's life was in some danger. They were all at a testosterone-filled environment, a baseball game, and one of the guys in the stands make a pass at one of the "girls." Then someone told him their suspicions. Maybe someone in the experiment said something about bigotry and the guy stood up muttering something about not being attracted to [gay guys], and then lunged at the cameraman with the group. Everyone in the experiment was shook up a bit.
I might as well mention the homeless experiments and race-change experiments. Most of those were called short. A pair of college students planned on dropping out for a year and living on the streets. They went about it in an organized way. They put together a support team of professionals on the outside as a board of directors for their experiment. The two were to stay in communication with their board. Six months into the experiment, the 2 subjects and their board unanimously decided to scrap the experiment.
Or, there is John Howard Griffin and similar with the race experiments. Griffin quit for several reasons. I think part of it was that being a bleeding heart liberal, the experience left him sick. He couldn't stand the racism and lack of hope. And part of it was that he somehow blew his cover. He somehow let his credentials slip. At first someone thought he was an impostor writer and reporter, and then put two and two together and realized he was this White journalist. Those who put him up felt betrayed and were finished with him, and concluded he could help them more back at his home. Grace Halsell tried similar, and she called the experiment short. I forgot about the 3rd to try it and don't remember his results.
Here's an idea.... vote for better candidates to begin with...:-)

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