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Diehard
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Post Number: 232
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OK, so last night on my way out of the office I saw someone huddled under a blanket sleeping on the sidewalk. It must've been about 10 degrees out and windy. I felt so bad for him/her that I wished I had another blanket to offer. I saw that I did have a comfy fleece pillow in my car, so I tucked an orange into it and put it by his/her head, thinking they'd wake up and appreciate it.
I told my husband about this and he was kind of pissed at first because his mom had made that pillow a few years ago (oops.) But he understood, and figured she wouldn't be offended.
Fast forward to this morning. The dude's gone and so is the orange, but the pillow's still sitting right where I left it. Do I reclaim it, take it home and run it through a hot wash cycle?
I don't dare ask anyone at the office, because they're the kind of people who use hand sanitizer after touching a doorknob, and they'd be horrified.
Second question: Doesn't this whole scenario seem ridiculous enough for a "Seinfeld" episode?

Oh yeah, and happy new year!
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"We can't take that pillow back. It's been in the bathroom."
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Ray1936
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some will say yes; some will say no; I'll just say you're a very good person.
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Cheddar_bob
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd take the pillow back and wash it. While there is nothing wrong with cleanliness, I could not possibly care less what my coworkers think.
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Gnome
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sure, wash it, and put in hubby's car. Then he'll always carry a reminder of his mom, your kindness and the homeless problem in Detroit.

Kind of like wearing a POW/MIA bracelet.

This time don't tell him anything. Plead ignorance and just let him deal with the mystery.
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Cheddar_bob
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, and yes I think you could hang a Seinfeld episode around it. You would probably need a strong entwined subplot, though
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Melody
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Sure, wash it, and put in hubby's car. Then he'll always carry a reminder of his mom, your kindness and the homeless problem in Detroit."

I agree. (Wash it twice, though.) That homeless person probably didn't have the strength or means to carry around a pillow.
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Gazhekwe
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agree, take it and wash it. It will be fine.
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E_hemingway
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Take it back and wash it. Kudos to you.
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Kenp
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice deed Diehard.
I would get the pillow back.
For this to be a good Seinfeld, something funny must happen when you go to get it.
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Diehard
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 2:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks guys.
I just went out there, and, in full view of all of downtown and the people I work with, picked up a pillow off a dirty sidewalk. And I don't care what they think. :-)
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Diehard
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh yeah, and there's still time for it to turn "Seinfeld." What if the homeless guy sees it in my car and steals it back? Or my coworkers ambush me and spray me with Lysol?
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why should that pillow be any different than one at any hotel/motel? Just wash it--pretend you're a housekeeper at some motel...
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Defendbrooklyn
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wash and keep...1 blanket in yesterdays weahter...man that had to be insane.
When you stop and think about it, being homeless in Michigan (very cold winters) has to be tough...

Why dont homeless people make it their life mission to get to a warm state?
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Kenp
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I can see the headlines in the paper or on Fox with your picture, "Office worker steals from homeless man"
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Carolcb
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am proud of you.
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Oldredfordette
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very cool, Diehard.
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401don
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you see a guy downtown wearing a puffy shirt and a rug, eating a muffin stump while pulling a rickshaw with tupperware in it offer it to him.

Seinfeld sure made fun of the homeless.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"When you stop and think about it, being homeless in Michigan (very cold winters) has to be tough...

Why dont homeless people make it their life mission to get to a warm state?"

I've wondered that myself. If you have nothing else to do, why not just start walking? Is boxcar hopping still possible in this day and age?
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Pamequus
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Believe me, they do!! Along about September southern towns get a huge influx of homeless. You see them on all the interstates hitchhiking to the warmer climates and wandering in off of the interstate toward downtown. Along about April and May they head back from where they came.
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Bobj
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bless you, Diehard, very nice act on your part
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Pamequus
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 3:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diehard....I agree with the others, good for you!!
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Diehard
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 6:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why thanks everyone. I was expecting more "OMG don't touch that, you'll get cooties!" responses, but y'all are feeling me. Good to know I'm not crazy after all.
Seinfeld, on the other hand, was an over-the-top germ freak, wasn't he?
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Danny
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 7:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good for you Diehard.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. God will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing.
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Evelyn
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Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 8:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good deed, Diehard.

Wash it in hot water, and if anyone says boo, point out that our obsession with cleanliness has only made bacteria stronger, and thus, more deadly.

At least he took the orange!
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Dustin89
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Posted on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 12:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm impressed & it is wonderful that you were thinking more of the homeless situation than what people think.
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Detroithabitater
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Posted on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 1:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sometimes it's easy to grow callus to the homeless problem when you see it day after day.

Good work Diehard.
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Crystal
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Posted on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 7:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good job, Diehard! I'm proud of you too!

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