Eric Sheptock has been homeless since 1994 when he last held a job, but he has a cellphone, 4500 friends on Facebook, and gets 1500 emails a day. He does it all by using free computers, begging for cash, and being paid to speak about how the government doesn’t do enough to help homeless bums.

Sheptock won’t take a job that would compromise his advocacy efforts or the long hours he spends tending to his digital empire, he says. In other words, the man is a professional parasite. He gets up every morning from the same bed in the same shelter, showers, gets a free breakfast, and spends the next 6 hours surfing free internet.

There are 6500 others just like him in DC. The only thing that makes him unique is the fact that he spends his days complaining that people and the government don’t do enough to give him better free stuff. At 50 years old, he hasn’t had a job since he was 25 years old and quit his job to be a crack addict. He first came to Washington DC to protest the Iraq war.

If you subsidize something, you get more of it. I say that it is time to stop feeding the strays with government cash. If a private charity wants to pay for these leaches to loaf all day while complaining that you aren’t giving them enough, that is the charity’s business. I for one, think that we have funded enough of this. If he can spend his days surfing the net and lobbying government officials for free cash, he can get a job.

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Wayne Conrad · December 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Yep. Although, I'd trade every member of congress for a dozen Shep's. Shep, at least, makes no law.

Spikessib · December 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Back when caring for the needy was left to private charity it was managed with the idea to not encourage bad behavior Being helped meant participating in improving your own life. The current system not only encourages bad behavior, it discourages good behavior and self improvement Rewarding poor decisions is contraindicated in improving society, despite the liberal stance that "They can't help themselves." That is why the government has no business being in the business of charity in any form.


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