I love visiting downtown Chicago. Having lived in the city all of my life I make sure that I take advantage of downtown and visit it often. However, what most tourists tend to ignore or not recognize is the homeless population of downtown Chicago. Usually when I visit downtown Chicago I always make sure to drop some spare change into a homeless person's change cup. However, I felt it would be necessary to take an extra action step against the problem of homelessness when I visited downtown Chicago last weekend.
When I went to go visit downtown Chicago and all its usual sites last weekend such as the Water Tower, the Millennium Park Bean, and Buckingham Fountain I came across numerous homeless people. However, the first homeless person I came across when I got off at the Chicago Red Line stop seemed to be particularly down in the ruts. I went with my friends into the local McDonald’s as usual because it was lunch time. I ordered my typical two McDoubles, a McChicken and a large fry. Normally, this kind of meal would be enough to feed at the very least two or three people given the high caloric content of McDonald’s food.
With that being the case, I went and ordered more food, including a medium fry, a large drink, a McDouble, and a McChicken. My friends were amazed and they made fun of me. They couldn't believe that I could possibly be that hungry and called me names such as “fatty”, “fat ass”, “big boy”, “Andre the Giant”, and “Hungry man”. Little did they know though that I was about to give this large portion of food to someone else.
Needless to say, my friends were shocked when I handed the food I just purchased to the homeless man standing outside the El stop. They just couldn't believe I would do something like that. They said that he didn't deserve such kindness and that he probably earned his way to being homeless. Given the common perceptions to being homeless I'm honestly not surprised. We as a society typically stereotype the homeless as being...