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Homeless Guys With Cell Phones

For months I’ve been going out of my mind because the government now gives free cell phones to poor people. If you receive any kind of government assistance, HUD, Food Stamps etc… you are eligible.

CRAZYNESS! I know I don’t sound very liberal or like a democrat or like a woman who voted for Obama,  but how can our government justify the expense of giving all those people cell phones. And why do they deserve them?

My annoyance only increased when my daughter Mary told me abut a group of kids that begs for money in front of Wal-Greens while texting on their iphones.

My family hangs on to middle class by our cuticles, my husband and I work hard for everything we have. Why won’t anyone give us a free cell phone? None of us have the kind of phone with a screen or key board, we all have flip phones, the same kind the government is giving away. That’s the kind of moaning and wailing I was doing when my friend, Dick Antoine, walked into my office…his face glowing.

“Guess what? I just talked to my brother in Las Vegas!” he announced happily.

“The one who lives in a box?” I asked because Dick has told me all about his brother who is homeless, 55 years old with a three foot beard. He lives in a box and only makes money when he sells his blood. Dick hasn’t talked to him in a few years.

“Yeah, he called me, he got one of those Obama phones. He gets 250 minutes a month. How bout that”!

Dick looked so happy because his brother in a box had a phone.

I think giving phones to people who won’t or can’t get a job is stupid and insane. But I’m happy Dick gets to talk to his long lost brother. Still, I am wondering how his brother will charge his new Obama phone in a cardboard box.

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7 Responses to “Homeless Guys With Cell Phones”

  1. July 29th, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Amy Bourgeois says:

    I had never heard of this program before…. and all I can say is… WOW… no wonder they are wanting/needing to raise the roof (ceiling, whatever)I know of a doctor (excentric), he works half the year on contract, then spends the other half of the year panhandling… bc he makes as much or more doing that in a metro area. Wonder if he gets a phone too??

  2. July 29th, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Jane Doe says:

    Woooowwww… That is crazy…

  3. July 29th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Meli Martin says:

    If you want a cell phone….GET A JOB.

  4. July 29th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    diana hampo says:

    Thank you…a job, that’s the answer.

  5. July 29th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    dick says:

    he has a long extension cord to the gambling hall across the street

  6. July 29th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    diana hampo says:

    I’m happy for you and your bro, dick

  7. July 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    diana hampo says:

    getting a job, that’s the one reason this plan might make sense. But I’m thinking Dick’s brother in a box has no intention of getting one.