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Dumpster Diving Essay

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Have you ever thought about the possibilities of becoming homeless? I think about that almost every day; I try to comprehend and picture in my head the life as someone that lives on or off the streets of New York. New York isn’t one of the cleanest places in the United States, but it sure has one of the highest percentage rates in the U.S. for homeless people. In the 21st century, people raised in the U.S. are not taught about the struggles of homelessness and what they have to go through to survive; most people don’t plan on becoming homeless and became homeless due to the fluctuation in the market and various other problems. Also not only the homeless, but people in depth (people ...view middle of the document...

My mom and I can become homeless in a minute, in fact anyone can so it’s only natural I think about things like that. The reason I think about dumpster diving and becoming homeless because one time I almost became homeless myself. My dad left my mom because of big argument and my pops moved to another state; my mom partied every weekend, was in debt over tens of thousands and lastly her credit score was very low; this was a couple years back when I was a child. Also during this time I had to scavenge off of friends and use changes that I would find to buy food, it was very rough. My mother and I were in jeopardy; one day she looked at me and said to herself, she’s going to change for my sake. Years later she changed and now everything is different, even though my parents are together now but not everything is perfect in life. Eigner describes how he had to go out and use what knowledge you knew and found ways to make use of leftovers. “When I found canned foods, or other objects loose at the bottom of the Dumpster I usually can roll them into small bag I that can then hoist up.” (70) Life today isn’t all that different as life back in the day; I read many history books about people living off the streets and making use of what they find. My point of Dumpster diving is that it’s been going on for many years and years to come, more and more people are becoming homeless and having to resort to scavenging of off people. Many people wouldn’t consider dumpster diving but if you were in their shoes, maybe, just maybe we would think differently of our perspectives of people that are unfortunate.
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