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Help a Punk Get Drunk by zosogis Help a Punk Get Drunk by zosogis
On Granville Street, Vancouver Canada

There seems to be quite an ongoing problem there, atleast from my point of view coming from Australia..
I came across so many wanting money you begin to get picky about who you give your money to..
In Seattle the week before I came across a man in the middle of the road asking for a place to stay or whatever anyone could offer for himself and his stranded wife all I had was a couple of spare coins and my leftover lunch which I gave him and he accepted graciously..
In my hometown, of Perth, Australia a bum or a beggar is an extremely rare occurance - I guess with our welfare system there shouldn't be any...

It was a shock to me in any case, and this is just one of the few cases and as you can tell these two aren't the hardest done by of all.. Oh well I contributed to their liquor fund in exchange for taking the photo
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toteZitrone Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
At least the're honest. I'd rather give them a beer instead of spending money to people who say they're poor but spend it themself on alcohol or stuff. ;D
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At least they're honest hahaha gotta love punks :)
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M-B-E Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
A lot of that goes on where I live, and it's getting more common due to the growing rift between the upper and lower class. The middle class is disappearing completely- indeed, my city has the second most overpriced real estate in the United States (at least it did last I checked). So even if you have a job, minimum wage isn't nearly enough to afford the cost of living here.
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lightandshadow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
i am pimping perth people in my journal - i have added you here [link]
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VagabondSickGirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Just because thay make sings like these doesn't mean they don't have it tough. They just can't use the pity card most of the time because of how they look so they try to make people laugh.
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VagabondSickGirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
signs****
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3113-Photography Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Yea, that was me.... that is me... hahaha, great shot. Cheers!
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starcitypunkrock Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
oddly enough, the character on the left looks exactly like my best friend.

that's kind of disturbing.
cheers!
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Siberiade Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
HAHAAHAHAH! I love it! rofl
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grindit Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Also, that I am probably one of these people you have seen haha
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grindit Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I was wondering if half of you know these people aren't really homeless. Sure some of them are, but others are just travelling, extra change, and see it as a lifestyle. From someone who has hitched from Nova Scotia, to Vancouver with no money in their pockets, or 200 dollars at the most. I know haha.
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Pinkest-Princess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007   Photographer
when u become a bum are u given a dog on a string?? no but seriously its sad but funny and an awesome pic :D
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maaikekito Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
love this photograph..
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MissSLG Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol
The photo's pretty funny.
However the whole situation overall isn't that amusing.
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GiZmO0o Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe, too funny! :rofl:
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RyDoG Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Student Photographer
wow, great photo, but i feel sorrry for those punks
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blue-blossom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Great photo! I've read this the other day Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.;-)
I'm always amazed when I see people in such a desperate situation but who still have a sense humor and a smile on their face :clap:
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MayTheStars Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw them the other day!
Homelessness is a huge problem here right now, but I believe they are trying to fix it all up.
Neat photo nonetheless
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welfareleech Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007   Traditional Artist
Very nice. :)
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mom-the-bomb Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional Photographer
what losers. but a great shot nonetheless.
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dehk Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
oook dsk jr. :)
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dskphotography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Photographer
you say that like its a bad thing
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dehk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
damn u saw it, :fear: lol
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princesskate122 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Photographer
At least they are honest! Great shot
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RedLobster Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I've lived in Vancouver for 4 years and the bums are a major problem. Both uptown and downtown have more bums than I've ever seen in any city.

Go visit Hastings Street -downtown at night and you can see the largest community of bums come out from the alleys and congregate with their shopping carts. During the day, their drunk or high bodies litter the steps of the public library. Each and every day I lived in Vancouver I was asked for money from a bum. When I first arrived I was handing out all my change to each one I see but after a year it really gets tiresome. They use the money to get drugs. Of course you want to believe they're going to use the money for food but most of the time they don't.

Vancouver's year around warm weather and their non-ticket-checking transit system makes the city an ideal environment for them to live.

I think there's a plan set to clean it up before the Olympics come around.
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zosogis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Photographer
Yeah it was crazy over there! couldn't believe it, we have such a good welfare system its really rare to see bums where i live, ive never seen to many and yeah i heard they're cleaning up due to the olympics.. really sad :(
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PeterGeo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Funny!
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znamenny Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Have you seen the photo circulating of a bum holding a sign that says "ninja kidnapped my family. need $ for kung fu lessons" ? They come up with some pretty inventive stuff. Good shot here though. Don't see too much b&w from you, so this is a nice change.
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
HAH! those two kick ass!
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ky-loves-you Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Photographer
wow... this past weekend in Las Vegas we saw a man with a sign that said " WHY LIE I NEED MONEY TO BUY BEER!" i guess people now tell the truth what they are going to use your money for its very sad...

GREAT image!
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OrendorffKnight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Photographer
Great shot. Poor punks.
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KatiBear Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, we have a few in Cardiff - There's quite a fair few in London to, but i'd imagine a hella lot more in America. I find now that a lot of them are making these signs for entertainment purposes. When I was in Hollywood, my my there was soooo many there - And they were all making comical signs, I think now it's a competition of "Whoever has the funniest sign gets the money" - I maybe wrong, but that's how it seems to me :P
Anyway, cool pic Jelly pants.
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baKIN Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Whoa...is it that easy ? ;p
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feetpeet Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I can't believe that, why would anyone give them money?
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OrendorffKnight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Photographer
Jesus be kind to the poor punks!
I would!
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chemicalXhappening Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
it is pretty sad, you see alot of it in america too. hence, people pissed at bush for taking more concern in other countries than trying to fix the problems we have in ours. this is a pretty sweet picture though. likin' the b&w. :)
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chemicalXhappening Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
it is pretty sad, you see alot of it in america too. hence, people pissed at bush for taking more concern in other countries than trying to fix the problems we have in ours. this is a pretty sweet picture though. likin' the b&w. :)
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Frostblade Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I can think of no greater cause.

Here's to the punks!
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