Surrey's Homeless: Fake or not?
Surrey Central is the city centre of Surrey, BC. It is the place where thousands of people bustle along to carry on with their business. This is also the area where Surrey is infamous for drug dealers, homicides, and homeless people aka, hobos. Homeless people have always been an issue in Surrey. Being the heart of the city, Surrey Central is where most of them gather. To most citizens of Surrey, it is not be an odd sight to see homeless people asking passer-bys for money. However, passer-bys usually walk straight by or a polite few may apologize for not sparing a few change. Recently there are a few homeless people whose continual appearance has raised some concerns.
Growing up in Surrey and going to SFU Surrey myself, I pass by that area under Surrey Central skytrain station everyday. Walking by that area, a man around his forties consistently appears asking for some spare change. He usually sits in a chair, puts out a seemingly broken guitar and asks every person who walks by. I have seen a couple of passer-bys who walk pass and ignore him. When passer-bys ignore his plead, he replies with a mouthful of murmurs which sounds like unfriendly insults. This raises some concerns, are the citizens of Surrey lacking sympathy for these homeless people? Or are they correct in not giving them change because they are fakes? These are debatable questions but some things are for certain. If these homeless people are really in need of our help, and in thinking that they are fakes, we ignore them; we push them to further desperation. Are the citizens of Surrey becoming immune to those who are less fortunate? To young children who look up to adults as role models, if they see their role models ignoring homeless people, they would grow up thinking it is normal to do so. This is an important social concern not only to Surrey’s society, but to societies awide.