Watch: San Fran Homeless Man Says City Pays Him to Live on Street, Admits Selling Fentanyl to 15-Year-Old

'$200 food stamps and $620 a month, forget about it...why wouldn’t I do it? You know? It’s fuckin’ free money,' admits homeless man.

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A man in San Francisco admits the city basically pays him to be homeless, and says he’s sold drugs to children as young as 15-years-old, in an interview by author Michael Shellenberger.

“I mean if we’re gonna be realistic, they pay you to be homeless here,” the man named James tells Shellenberger, the author of “San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities.”

James says he recently moved from Texas to San Francisco, a progressive liberal city that’s bending over backwards to accommodate the “unhoused,” or “people experiencing homelessness” – both euphemisms that suggest homelessness is merely a transitive phase.

“If you’re gonna be homeless, it’s pretty fuckin’ easy here,” James says, going on to describe the financial help he receives from social services.

“I mean, I get $620 bucks a month, dude,” James says, adding that getting the money was as easy as making a phone call.

“$200 food stamps and $620 a month, forget about it…why wouldn’t I do it? You know? It’s fuckin’ free money.”

James goes on to say he lives on the street “by choice” and that he’s not merely down on his luck like much of the public is led to believe.

“Like, why would I want to pay rent? I’m not doing shit,” James says. “I’ve got a cell phone that I’ve got Amazon Prime and Netflix on.”

James goes on to recall a time he facilitated a fentanyl drug deal with two teens, one as young as 15, who came up to him wanting to buy oxycontin.

“This is what I’m going to do,” James told them. “’I am going to take your money,’ and I went and I got him fentanyl.”

James says he next showed the children how to measure out doses of the drug and even gave them a lesson on how to inject Narcan in case of an overdose.

“It’s reasonable to ask whether I’m seeking out outliers, but I met James 5 minutes after parking my car and he was the first person I interviewed,” Shellenberger tweeted.

Another homeless man from Alabama, Ben, admits he steals to maintain his heroin addiction and admits drugs are central to the homeless culture.

“The majority of homeless people – drugs is integral, if not the main reason you’re out here,” Ben says.

Ben estimated around 10 percent of the homeless in the area are actually from San Francisco.

The interviews illustrate how the homeless problem is mainly centered around drug addiction and mental illness, not solely financial problems, Shellenberger says.

“Almost everything people believe about ‘homelessness’ is wrong,” Shellenberger wrote in a tweet last year. “The word ‘homeless’ is a propaganda word designed to mislead you into thinking the people on the street are there because they are poor rather than because they are suffering from untreated mental illness & addiction.”

The interviews are emblematic of how progressive welfare programs that give money to the homeless often merely fund their drug habits and perpetuate the problem, ultimately exacerbating the destructive cycle.


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