Friday, July 27, 2012

Homeless on the Streets of Miami

My husband do not like to go in downtown Miami because the parking is hard, most of the streets are one-way, and they have rampant problem with homeless people wandering on the streets begging for money to tourists. Near the Bayside Market has many benches, it was occupied by some of the homeless.

Most big cities have this problem in fact, Downtown Orlando has it too. They occupied Lake Eola benches and they have free meals provided by religious and private sectors. It became a problem when the homeless trash the park with their garbage after every meal. There was city ordinance made as to the proper time and place for giving meals to the homeless. It was not easy for the city because some did not follow the ordinance and so; arrests were made.

Anyway, when we went to Miami, we stayed in Intercontinental Hotel. It was a nice and expensive hotel but, it is in the right location to my business appointment. The hotel is also near the Bayside Market and metro system.

On the way to my appointment across the street, my husband and I were walking on Biscayne Boulevard. We noticed a homeless man following us and nagged in Spanish. There was no one around but us and I tried to ignore him. We keep walking. My husband told him to speak in English so; he struggle to mumble in English and all we could understand was "Dragon lady, go back to your country".

I tried to ignore him thinking he is a crazy man but, he came in front of me and tried to spit on me. My husband was so mad, made a fist and ready to punch him but, he ran away. He look back and shouted at me " dragon lady, go back to your country".

In my mind, why did he call me dragon lady? My skin is brown and I am not a Chinese, LOL. He can't speak English and he showed me a pin, he claimed he is an American. That I am not welcome in his country. When I ignored him, he was infuriated. He kept nagging in Spanish and shouted "Dragon Lady, Go Back to your Country" I was amused by this clown!

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