I asked some people what was happening and they

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crowded in the lounge, whispering. I asked some people what was happening and they informed me that the man was knocking on doors, asking for “Tiffany” so he could “give her her meds.” As the police escorted the man out of the building, one girl who had passed through lounge while I was there told me that she would have helped but she thought he was my friend so she didn’t care to check if something was wrong. I was the “homeless woman” in this scenario. People just continued on without care because it was “my fault” that he was harassing me. It was my fault because they thought he
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Ferber 4 was my friend. They didn’t stop to make sure everything was okay because it didn’t affect them. People don’t help those in need around them until it starts to directly affect their own lives. They purposefully pretend nothing is wrong when confronted with it, and then go around saying they would offer help without hesitation just so they don’t look bad for not caring. Not every “homeless person” has chosen that path for themselves. People like to live by the belief that if you ignore something long enough, it will go away. But it doesn’t go away. In fact, the problem is more likely to get worse if ignored and my situation did get worse the longer it was ignored. Willful ignorance and apathy create a populace that is selfish and isolated rather than helpful and kind. We can’t continue to ignore the problems right in front of our eyes just because it hasn’t affected us personally, yet. Whether it’s only a nickel or an apple, offering to help that “homeless woman” - acknowledging that the problem exists - may save that person from a terrifying situation.
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