I will offer some context to how even liberal minded people can get frustrated to the point where they would want to see many of these people locked up. I’ve always been as a liberal minded as any, I’ve always felt empathy, empathy for the homeless and given money to homeless people countless times over the years. We used to save bottles and cans from the building and give them to a few of the homeless regulars.
The homeless people were grateful when they received money, and were considerate when they didn’t receive any money.
But there’s been a change. On more than one occasion, when I haven’t had money to give, some have been aggressive or belligerent. I politely told one lady I didn’t have any money, and as I walked away, she yelled “ you’d have more money if you stopped eating so much, you fat pig”
When I was working downtown, I had numerous issues with homeless people. I had my car windows, broken, people trying to jar, open the locks with screwdrivers, etc… I came out to my car once and found a guy trying to break in and he pulled a knife on me. I took off back into the building and found the cops, even though the person was on camera, and the cops knew who they were they never bothered to do anything he was back in the parking lot. Trying to break into cars a week later.
Couple of weeks later, I see him on the cameras trying to break into some cars, this time, I phoned the cops and they arrived shortly catching him in the act.
Problem solved? No. He was gone for a while, but others would come and try and break into cars, an elderly lady tried to chase off a couple of people trying to break into her car, and they left, but they came back and defecated and urinated on her car. Of course, it was on camera, given to the police, and as usual nothing came of it.
Those are a couple of recent examples, and I could go on for days.
My point being that even nice people get pushed to a point. It’s hard to have empathy when people are actively aggressive to you. I’ve told myself countless times that it’s the drugs, however when people do things directly to you, it feels personal and you start to lose empathy.