A homeless man in Brazil was randomly attacked on the street, and eight days after being admitted for treatment, he was reunited with his beloved dog who patiently waited outside the hospital the entire time.
Lauri da Costa was brutally smashed in the face with a rock in what can only be explained as a random act of cruelty. Costa walked miles to the hospital with a bloodied face in order to be treated for his injuries, but to make matters worse, he was told after being tested that he had melanoma and needed cancer treatment.
As Costa spent eight days being treated for skin cancer, his faithful dog Seco waited in the hospital parking lot for his owner to be released. During the week of waiting, hospital staff provided food and water for the dog so that it wouldn’t starve.
Finally, after over a week, Costa and Seco were reunited. The hospital staff set up the reunion in the building’s courtyard, and the emotional reunion was captured on video. Check out this awesome reunion below.
A Vietnam veteran was reportedly kicked out of a Chicago Walgreens last week because a security guard thought he was homeless. Now, reports claim that he has been hospitalized because the incident caused him to have an episode of post-traumatic stress disorder.
62-year-old Daniel Habeel walked into the Walgreens store last Wednesday evening, and before he was able to purchase anything, a security guard told him he had to leave or else the police would come to arrest him. Habeel’s wife, Arnetha, says that when her husband returned to their vehicle, he was noticeably upset and kept repeating, over and over, that he didn’t do anything wrong. Arnetha decided to take him to a local VA hospital after noticing that his blood pressure would gradually rise the more he talked about what had happened to him.
Doctors at the VA hospital confirmed that Habeel was suffering from an episode of PTSD that made him remember times stationed in Germany when he would be denied access into stores.
Phil Caruso, spokesperson for Walgreens, called the incident “unfortunate” and said that following an internal investigation, it was determined that the guard acted “on his own” and was promptly fired.
“We apologize that this occurred, and we certainly value our customers, especially our veterans who serve our country,” said Caruso.
Habeel, a celebrated veteran and advocate, founded and runs the RTW Veterans’ Center and reportedly stopped at the Walgreens store between picking up donations from restaurants.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico shot and killed an alleged homeless man who was “illegally camping” in the Sandia Foothills this week. The incident was caught on an officer’s helmet camera.
James Boyd, 38, was killed by the police officers during the altercation. According to reports, Boyd was confronted by officers for camping in an area he wasn’t supposed to be in. When the officers attempted to frisk him, Boyd reportedly gave them a hard time and told them he was a government agent. Authorities claim that Boyd had started to threaten the officers’ lives.
“I’m almost going to kill you right now,” Boyd supposedly said at the beginning of the incident. “Don’t give me another directive. Don’t attempt to give me, the Department of Defense, another directive.”
Later, more officers were called to the scene, and that’s when things started to heat up. Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden said that Boyd continually threatened the officers’ lives.
“In a private world, if you were down at a bar or a bus stop, I would have the right to kill you right now because you’re trying to take me over,” said Boyd. “Don’t get stupid with me!”
At this point, officers had their guns drawn and pointed at Boyd, and eventually, he told them that he would walk down the mountain with them.
“Don’t change up the agreement,” said Boyd. “I’m going to try to walk with you.”
While Boyd turns around the retrieve his belongings, one officer fires a flash-bang device at him, which seems to throw him off guard, and that’s when two of the officers fire multiple shots that take him to the ground. Boyd was later pronounced dead.
“Actually if you watch the videotape, all the less than lethal devices were in fact deployed,” said Chief Eden. “It was when the canine officer was down directing the canine dog that the suspect pulled out the two knives and directed a threat to the canine officer who had no weapons drawn. He was handling the dog.”
When asked if the shooting was justified, Chief Eden said he believed it was.
Boyd reportedly had a history of violent offenses, and had spent time in jail over the years. He also had a history of mental health problems.
Two Texas police officers were recently suspended without pay after an internal affairs investigation uncovered that they had held a competition amongst themselves to see which officer could confiscate the most cardboard signs from homeless individuals in Midland, their area of jurisdiction. Although the officers were suspended due to the fact that panhandling does not actually violate any city laws, they were only relieved of their duties for three days.
Midland Police Chief Price Robinson explained that the officers received a just punishment, and that the situation was made clear to the rest of the staff.
“We want to respect people, no matter who they are — homeless, whatever,” Robinson said. "The situation’s been dealt with. Those officers understand"
The officers Robinson is referencing are Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer, both of whom were found in possession of about ten cardboard signs that they had confiscated from individuals throughout the city over the course of about two weeks. According to the Dallas News, Midland has a population of about 300 homeless individuals.
Hester and Zoelzer both claimed that they confiscated the signs after issuing criminal trespass warnings, but there are no police records of such warnings being given to homeless people in Midland during 2013. Vice reports that the majority of the signs confiscated by the officers were innocuous pleas for support, such as one that read, “Anything helps, God bless.”
Although many have argued that Hester and Zoelzer deserved a stricter punishment, the two remain active on the Midland Police force.
Self-proclaimed pro-marijuana activist Mark Roen posted a Youtube video Thursday bragging about arriving at a food bank in his limo and hauling home free supplies.
Roen, also known as “Bong Rip”, admitted that his actions may not be “100 percent morally correct” but that his efforts have exposed how the homeless supposedly exploit the Huntington Beach charity system.
"Look at me, dressed...nicely shaven, hair washed. The lady's asking me if I'm homeless,” Roen said in his video. “I had to say yes. I wasn't really prepared for the whole scam."
The Youtube entertainer added that he lives in his music studio, his limo and occasionally on his parents’ couch. Technically, Roen argued, he is homeless.
Roen also defended his actions by claiming to expose the high sodium products given to the homeless by an unspecified church-run food bank.
In response to the tasteless video, executive director of Someone Cares, a soup kitchen in Costa Mesa, said it was disheartening to see someone like Roen make fun of a person’s unfortunate position.
Lt. Mitch O’Brien of the Huntington Beach Police Department said that while lying to a food bank is disrespectful and rude, Roen technically didn’t commit a crime.
Roen reported that he will return to the food bank Thursday to live stream himself taking food from the kitchen.
Michigan police officers fired 47 shots at a homeless man armed only with a pocket knife. Despite 11 of these shots striking the man and leading to his death, the six law enforcement officials involved in the incident are not going to face any charges.
The incident took place on July 1, 2012 after Milton Hall, a 49-year-old homeless man, was accused of stealing a cup of coffee in a convenience store. When officers arrived on the scene, Hall was still in the parking lot. That’s when a confrontation began, and the officers fired their fatal shots.
Hall’s mother subsequently filed a wrongful death suit, which was investigated by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. Both organizations claimed that, despite the overwhelming amount of video evidence from civilian cell phones and police dashboard cameras, the officers did not act with excessive force.
“After a thorough investigation, federal authorities have determined that this tragic event does not present sufficient evidence of willful misconduct to lead a federal criminal prosecution of the police officers involved,” a joint statement released by the agencies reads, according to Raw Story.
According to MLive, Hall had a history of mental illness and may have posed a threat to the officers. The federal investigation report noted that the officers’ reports were also consistent with what occurred at the scene of the incident.
“In these reports, the officers who discharged their weapons explained that they did so because they believed Hall posed an imminent threat to the officers’ safety,” the report reads, “Even if the officers were mistaken in their assessment of the threat posed by Hall, this would not establish that the officers acted willfully, or with an unlawful intent, when using deadly force against Hall.”
The unfortunate incident involving Hall has brought many members of the Saginaw, Michigan community together to mourn the man’s loss and better prepare for future interactions with local law enforcement agencies.
People will do lots of things for their beloved animals, and for one California family, the decision to be homeless was easy to make if it meant not giving up their cherished dog.
The Devia family of Walnut Creek has Camilla, a lab mix, and Rocco, a pit bull, and they claim that they can’t find a place to live because most landlords are threatened by a pit bull.
“When landlords see Camilla, they have no problem with her,” said Carol Devia. “Everybody will take her. But as soon as they see Rocco, they say ‘Oh no.’”
Rather than give their beloved dog to a shelter, Carol Devia, her husband Peter, and their two sons Leandro and Christoffer have opted to live out of their car for the last year while they struggle to find a home.
“I can’t find a place unless I give up my dog, and everyone tells me to, but I can’t do that,” said Carol to ABC News. “We’ve had Camilla her whole life and Rocco her whole life.”
Carol and her husband both work jobs at night, but they largely live out of their vehicle, opting to plug a crock pot into the car’s cigarette lighter and go to places that have WiFi so they can stay connected.
“It was hard in the beginning but then you kind of consign yourself to it and say okay,” Devia said. “I’m alive, I’m working. I hit bottom, so now I’ve been there and now the only place I can go is up.”
Pit bull advocacy group BAD RAP says that this issue is unfortunately not uncommon for owners of this breed of dog, and they suggest that these people reach out to rescue organizations if situations take a turn for the worse.
In the United States, there are ads depicting lottery winners lounging in enormous pools, thinking about things that they never could have considered before they won the lottery. The idea behind the ads is to encourage citizens to buy lottery tickets by showing them that they can indulge in whatever self-serving activities they want if their money is limitless.
In Hungary, a lottery winner has an extremely different idea of how he is going to spend his winnings.
The winner, 55-year-old László Andraschek, was awarded the largest lottery sum ever recorded in the country at a total of 630 million Hungarian forint (around 2.7 million USD). The man has claimed that the majority of his money is going to be used to set up a foundation for abused women and recovering drug addicts.
The reason Andraschek is going to use the money for such a cause is because he won the lottery ticket while he was homeless. According to Metro, he was on his way to a workshop for recovering alcoholics in Budapest when he used his last spare change to purchase the lottery ticket.
In addition to setting up the foundation, Andraschek has already purchased a car for his children and repaid the debts he owed his family.
“When the car salesman asked me how much I would be willing to spend I held up three fingers. As I had arrived on a bike he assumed this meant 300,000 forints, but actually I meant 3 million,” Andraschek said.
Andraschek’s story is incredible, but there are tons of lottery winners around the world that spend their winnings in a similarly philanthropic way.
According to ABC News, the 2010 winner of Texas’ then-largest lottery award of $144 million vowed to give 60 percent of all his winnings to charity.
11It's Illegal For A Homeless Person To Cover Up With a Blanket in Pensacola, and People Are Not Happy About It
An ordinance was recently passed in Pensacola, Fla., that makes it illegal for homeless people to cover themselves with blankets or newspapers, and with the recent polar vortex slamming the country, many people are outraged that homeless people in the city are being forced to freeze in the extreme temperatures.
As noted by Forward Progressive, the “camping ordinance” was passed just this past summer, and now that winter has hit, many are noting how extreme and cruel this ordinance is towards people living on the streets.
Just last month, locals asked Pensacola City Council to repeal sections of the camping ordinance that negatively affected homeless people. Jeremy Bosso was one of those who stood up and pleaded with the council to look at the issue from a humanitarian standpoint.
“Good evening, City Council,” said Bosso in his appeal. "I just wanted to bring to your attention, WEAR ABC News posted a sort of public service announcement, if you will, just reminding people with this cute little meme on their Facebook page. It’s a cute little dog, and it says, ‘If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. Please bring your pets inside. Please share to get out this message.’ I would just like to say that I fully agree with this, that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets. But I would also like to ask that the City Council extend that same courtesy to our fellow human beings. The temperatures have reached the teens recently. It’s expected to be a hard freeze tonight. And because of that, I’d like to ask the Council to respectfully reconsider the “camping” ordinance that I believe several other people have mentioned, that does prohibit sleeping with a blanket, a sleeping bag. I think we should extend that courtesy to our fellow humans. I mean, we do it for the animals, and I think we should respect life at all stages.”
Author, human rights activist, and former priest Father Nathan Monk started a petition, and it has already received over 7,000 signatures. The petition, which is directed at Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, asks that the no-blankets ordinance be repealed.
11Dr. Jim Withers Of Operation Safety Net Spent 22 Years Dressed Like A Homeless Person To Treat People On The Street
To be able to adequately treat the homeless, Dr. Jim Withers decided he had to do something different.
"Literally, I started dressing like a homeless person and sneaking out at night with a guy who used to be homeless. As far as why, that had a lot more to do with my concern for the way we treated other people,” Withers told The Huffington Post.
Known in Pittsburgh as the "street doctor," Dr. Withers began his outreach work with the homeless in 1992. He and Mike Sallows, a former homeless man, would take to the streets at night dressed as homeless men with a backpack full of medicine, treating those living in alleys and under the bridges of the city. They offered free check-ups, over the counter medications and treatments.
Sallows had two rules for Dr. Withers while tagging along with him at night: don't dress like a doctor, and don't do anything stupid, NationSwell states.
What started as two people offering free medical care has since grown. Four nights a week medical students and volunteers go out and treat the homeless, as part of Wither's non-profit Operation Safety Net -- one of the nation's first full-time street medicine programs, according to Twisted Sifter.
Filmmaker Julie Sokolow followed Withers and his team of volunteers for two days and captured their work in a new short film titled "Making House Calls, To People Without Homes." The film premiered on NationSwell earlier this week.
Dr. Withers work has made a global impact.
More than 90 countries have since developed similar street medicine programs, which Dr. Withers told The Huffington Post is an incredible mark of hope for the future of community health care.