So where should they hang out, drink coffee and make noise in Clayton Park? The Library? The overpriced Canada Games Centre? Sheesh, people enjoying life and someone complains! There is plenty of seating at that Tim's....who cares if they stay there for a few hours.
How long in the car? 4 hours or 4 minutes? Outside Costco or outside a bakery? Line of site or line up of 10 customers with shopping carts? I need more info before I can properly judge!
Oh...and OP, walk down Agricola or Isleville instead of Robie, I would NEVER walk down Robie....to dangerous, everyone is in a hurry! It's very pleasant walking down Agricola :-) you can hit Smith's bakery for a treat too!
I walk most days from the North End to DT and I am a VERY cautious pedestrian. I NEVER look at my phone and always look for drivers, especially ones turning. I know there are some self absorbed pedestrians however drivers need to understand they ARE in control of 2,000 lbs of metal, which is usually going at a high rate of speed. To me the left turners that hit pedestrians are the worst. How can you turn left, turn your vehicle and NOT look in the direction that the car is going??? Yes, the cars coming at you are important but you also need to look where the car is GOING. You wouldn't turn left without looking for cars coming toward you, so why can't you use that same common sense and look for people crossing? If you have a green, so do they!
Personally I take more issue with the spitters...I would rather walk over an old butt then a slippery thick gob of phlegm!!!
Panhandling is fine when it's one guy on one street; having lived in Vancouver it became a nightmare, where you couldn't walk 5 feet without someone asking you for money, and not politely either. Once the meth hit Vancoueer, it got worse, it was addicts (and SCARY ones) asking for money. I remember walking out of a shop and my change was $.05, a regulare scary meth head asked me for money and I had the nickel in my hand so I gave it to him....he looked at it, then threw it down. Keep being nice Halifax, and handing over your money and one day Spring Garden will turn into Robson street. If you are caring and compassionate then buy the guy on the street a coffee and a hot sandwich, donate your money to shelters and write to politicians to ensure there are programs for homeless/unemployed/etc. Forking over $$ to a stranger on the street is just plain silly.
I used to get this (and my friends) from guys who were trying to engage and I didn't appreciate it at all. If I found you attractive, I would have been smiling at you! If I'm not smiling at you (for my own personal reasons) you don't need to say 'smile' to me. As to the above commenters, that think it's a guy 'just being nice', would the same men say this to a strange man on a bus? To an elderly woman alone on the street? No...they only ever say this to women they are attracted to and trying to engage. Of course, now I'm older and as I walk through my community to work I smile at those I meet, THAT is polite. To those that don't smile at me, I would NEVER say to them 'smile'!
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