On Dumpster Diving

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Alex Russo Professor Strona English 50 26 September 2014 Socioeconomic Stereotypes When most people think about a homeless man or a “bum”, words like drunk, addict, and lazy come to mind. These characteristics are true in some cases, but in others it’s just a way of stereotyping people, like the notion that blonde girls are dumb or Asians are bad drivers. In the two articles “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner and “The Lady in Red” by Richard Lemieux, Eighner provides for himself free of cost by dumpster diving, but Lemieux is simply at what most people would call “rock bottom” of his life at the time, so he resorts to begging people for money. These two men are not your typical drunk bums hanging out behind a dumpster, they are…show more content…
He is also weary of foods that look to be perfectly fine, and reasonably so. There has to be a reason for somebody to throw that away, and you have no way of telling what that is, so it’s not worth the risk. In the end, it all comes down to the necessities like food, water, and a place to sleep. Eighner has all of that, so he is a happy man with no other needs in life. Lemieux on the flip side, is not happy about the situation he is in. He went from being a corporate man wearing suits and ties, to a dead broke beggar living out of his van. The article doesn’t go into detail about his previous profession or how he lost all of his money, but what is important is the fact that he has a life savings of 64 dollars and 50 cents right now. That’s a tough situation, and it would take some serious work and will power to make a comeback from that point. If I were him, I would definitely be looking for a job. Since he has corporate experience he has to have a decent resume, it’s just a matter of surviving for that short bit, having enough gas in your car to get from place to place. As my old teacher would say, opportunities are passing us by all the time, we just have to open our eyes and pay attention in order to grab ahold of one and make something out of it. If someone was asking for some money and they looked like a normal person who was down on their luck and actually needed it – of course I’d give them a

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