"SF Homeless: BEWARE! Many have Tuberculosis" People to Avoid Tip by malkey

People to Avoid, San Francisco: 71 reviews and 28 photos

San Francisco's homelessness is epidemic. Those who really are sincere about getting off the streets, generally do so. San Francisco has more goods and services for the homeless than any other city in the world. However, there are certainly way too many "permanent fixures" and incorrigibles to keep visitors vigilant. According to the CVB, it is the #1 complaint from the city's many visitors. "Why are there so many of them?" I get asked this question time and time again.
At any rate, many have recently been diagnosed with a very nasty strain of Tuberculosis and other contageous diseases. In dealing with the homeless, it's best to avoid all contact. Don't get into conversations with them, avoid eye contact and for God's sake DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY! Simply act as if you know where you're going/doing and move on. This may sound like a harsh thing to say but it's like feeding pigeons in the park. Everyone knows they can be a real nuisance, but many take pity on them which just makes matters worse and does nothing to solve the problem. Remember-what you feed, grows. Remember, it's YOUR health and well-being that's on the line.

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2005
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