DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I was wondering if you or your readers would have a solution to a problem the neighbors and I are having with a fellow down the street. This guy lives with his elderly mother and doesn't seem "all there." Lately, a number of us have observed him going through peoples' garbage, opening bags and fishing around and removing things. Neighbors have reported that whole bags go missing, especially if they are left out before garbage day. What does he want? Is he after personal information, or is he just disturbed? That possibility is why none of us will confront him. Obviously we'd like him to stop, as it's an invasion of privacy, not to mention creepy and unsanitary. The whole city block is onto this guy, but what can we do? -- Disgusted,Winnipeg
Dear Disgusted; Since you're worried about dealing with a garbage thief who may be "off," it's best not to confront him. This certainly wouldn't be a high priority call for the police. And we have no idea what kind of shape the mother is in or whether the two of them are in cahoots over identity theft. So, dear readers, this is a very difficult problem and if you have any suggestions we would like you to write in with them and we will publish them in an upcoming column.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: This is in response to Impending Doom, the student in trouble for ruining the mother's expensive white rug at a party who might have to forfeit tuition money to repair damage. The guilty party stated that the dad's gift saved him/her from having to do some "lackey job" while going to school. What an an inflated sense of privilege this person has! As far as I'm concerned, the person who wrecked the rug should be grateful someone is bankrolling their education and that they have a nice home to live in, unlike many struggling young people I know. Secondly, someone has to do "lackey jobs " and probably do so with a great deal more integrity and gratitude than Impending Doom will ever understand. -- Shaking My Head, Mb.
Dear Shaking: This spoiled brat really lit a fire under readers out there who are working two to three part-time jobs to finish university education. But I am still of the opinion the education money should not be taken away from the tuition account, especially when it came from the bio-dad specially earmarked for education. The money to repair the carpet blackened with ciggy-butts should come from the kid, who's forced to get a job to pay for that disgraceful behaviour and the attempted cover-up.
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