Warning: I'm 'bout to step up on my bitchbox here, so if you aren't in the mood, or can't deal with it, best move along now...
So. Apparently, there's this cute little family in the Kansas City area (from Arkansas, looking at their license plates) that have to live in a tent, as they voluntarily left their townhome they had been renting prior to being evicted. Because they can't afford the rent.
I saw this story last night as I got ready for bed. It was sad. They have a 3 year old little girl that looks wide-eyed and curious about what's going on. They say things like "don't" and "none" when they mean "didn't" and "any". The father has steady income, but the mother lost her job with a staffing company over the summer. (Does that mean she was a temp? Because that's not losing a job...it's called being a TEMP. Unless she actually worked for a company that does staffing, like in their office as an employee of said company. It's not clear from the article what they meant by that.)
But here's the kicker, and what made it easier for me to go to bed last night without worrying about these poor young people: they admit they've made mistakes. AND, they've been evicted from other places before!!! They moved into this one, knowing that it might be too much for them to handle, and they STILL did it!
And the little young wife is all, "Its hard when people won't even give you a chance. Won't even rent to you because they mighta been wronged before somehow." Um, yeah...those people have been wronged by people just like you. Soooo, you can't uunderstand why they might not want to rent to people who have a past history of being evicted, and had to take off from their current place they were living because they can't pay for it?
::sigh!:: I think it's just a lack of intelligence in this case, and it makes me feel sorry for them on that account. I don't know if its their fault they were poorly educated, or anything.
But as far as the sudden outpooring of support from people after seeing this story? Give me a fucking break. These people put themselves where they are...they admit to it! They aren't going to learn from their mistakes if the media makes them martyrs of the current economy. It wasn't the economy that did this to them! GAH!
That said, I hope they're able to find something within their means. I hope the mother is able to find a new job, and that the 3 year old doesn't have to sleep in a tent anymore. I hope that the father doesn't buy beer with money he should be setting aside for his family's well-being. I hope that the media and the local outcry of support doesn't make them blind to the fact that they brought this upon themselves, and it was completely unavoidable. I hope they wind up ok. (But beyond saying a prayer for them, I don't feel an ounce of impulse to want to help them. I'm sorry.)