Let Them Eat (genetically engineered) Cake

About the food industry, not in a nice way

A character – Mineo the homeless guy

Posted by jeanne on July 25, 2007

Mineo is in his early 50s. He’s been on the streets for the past 6 years, living under a bridge. He refuses (except in times of need) to panhandle on the offramp of the highway, saying that even tho it’s easy money, it’s beneath his dignity. Instead, he works only as much as he has to, doing odd jobs in the neighborhood, partially cutting the grass, sloppily killing weeds, incompetently laying bricks, half finishing the job and then asking for some money before disappearing with the work in ruins. He goes door to door with junk he’s plucked from the garbage, trying to sell the most worn-out crap at an exhorbitant fee, sometimes to the very people who threw it out.

All of Mineo’s money goes to buy crack. He gets his food from the local BP station; a worker puts all the pulled, out of date food into a plastic bag for him to take away. He has a 50-75 dollar a day crack habit.

The cops know Mineo. He thinks they’re his friends. But he’s a crackhead with really bad judgment. Often, he keeps his rock of crack under his foreskin, because he figures no cop is going to check there. And since he never bathes, I think he might be right.

Mineo is a devout Catholic. He will debate obscure points out of The City of God and the Bible all day long. He’s so righteous that he has no trouble telling everyone around him how to live, and the irony of his being a homeless crackhead is lost on him. He justifies challenges to his way of life by giggling and changing the subject.

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