Why are people so afraid of treating other people like human beings? Tonight a neighbor and I were speaking while I was walking the dogs. Another neighbor drove by in his car and told the neighbor I was speaking to that a "crazy person" was sitting on her front steps. She was not going to go home because she was scared. I told her I would walk her home. Between me and my two crazy and loud dogs, the person would be nuts to stick around. Plus, I would not hesitate to call the police if anything happened. I have them on speed dial.
When we got to her steps, I politely asked the guy to move along. He was just sitting there eating some fruit. He said sure. I told him I appreciate it. The neighbor scurried into her home. I kept walking along with the dogs. They didn't even get a weird vibe from him or they would have growled. But I did notice they didn't go up to him and they go up to everyone. The guy moved along up the street and later in the walk I saw him and he said hello.
I consult with agencies that work with the homeless, mental health, low income folks and children so I have learned that if you treat people with respect and humanity you will get the same in return.