Media party pimping homeless people who aren’t really homeless

The Wireless, which is a Red Radio subsidiary, is currently pimping the supposed story of a “homeless” 17-year-old.

The Standard is also pimping the story and somehow the fate of this “homeless” person is all John Key’s fault.

They must all be reading a different story from me because these are the salient facts that I pulled from the article.

My foster dad would abuse me sometimes, I used to go to school with black eyes and stuff. He didn’t like me because they were white and I was the only brown kid in the family. I just lost it – I tried to kill him with a shotgun. So my foster family sent me back to my biological mum. They’d just had enough of me and sent me off: ‘See you later.’

So, he is violent.

I hadn’t had contact with my mum for like, nine years. I found her on Facebook when I was 14. I added her and we talked for a little bit, then she sent me her number.

Homeless but with access to Facebook? He clearly has money for technology.  

I tried to get to know her when I went back but I didn’t really know her; I’d never really met her. After a year and a bit I started getting into drugs and gangs. I gave up on life, eh. I started self-harming, tried to kill myself a couple of times. I was meant to be living with my mum, but I was on the streets.

Associated with drugs and gangs.

My average day is probably sleep all day, wake up, have a cone of dope or have a joint, then just go hustle – go to New World supermarket, an internet cafe, or go buy another bag of pot or synnies. It’s like dope, but it’s got worse chemicals. They call it ‘bag life’ around here.

So, he sleeps all day and, when he does wake up, he cracks into the weed and then goes and pretends he’s poor and bludges off shoppers.

Lately I’ve been cracking it: two days ago I got $200 in one day. This man gave me a $100 note, then this woman gave me another $100 note. Just outside Hallensteins, up the road – that’s the only spot I hustle at. The lowest I’ve ever cracked is probably about $10 dollars. Lately I’ve been having my shit stolen off me. I had my hat stolen, my money, my bong.

Sounds dreadful. He’s getting money, and sometimes a lot of it in a day. But somehow he’s homeless…or is he?

I’m trying to keep off the street, eh. I’m sleeping on the street, but I’m sleeping at my bro’s house at the moment, too – a friend. He lives on Anzac Ave; I sleep on his floor. Sometimes he sleeps on the street so more people can sleep at his place. I’m on a youth benefit, $175. I need an address to get it, so I’m paying $100 a week of rent in Wellington for a place I don’t even use. Then $25 goes onto my card for food. Then there’s $50 left.

So, this little creep is violent, on drugs, bludges on the street AND gets the benefit. I’ll bet his street “earnings” aren’t declared, because if they were he’d have no dole.

On top of that he isn’t homeless as he pays rent for a property in Wellington. He’s a complete fraud. He sleeps on the street out of choice, is bludging off the taxpayer and also off the poor unsuspecting people who take pity on a fraud sitting outside the shops.

I don’t want help, I just want to do it by myself. I’ve never accepted help before. ACC try to help me but I just say nah. I want to do it my own way. I’ll get there eventually, just when I’m ready. I’ve been to the Salvation Army, to Lifewise – I’ve been to heaps of places. I know they’re there but I’m just not ready to go to them. I think those places are more for older people. It looks like it’s for older people. I look older, but I’m the youngest there. If some other kids came with me, then I’d go and talk to someone about my situation. But I’m the only 17-year-old there.

He doesn’t need help. He is choosing to be homeless, defrauding the taxpayer and lying to the generous public. He’s a little criminal. Worse, an arrogant one.

I fail to see how this scumbag is the poster child for homelessness. Every single aspect of his life is self-inflicted, from his violence to his drug use and his unwillingness to live in a house he pays rent for.

The Media party are pimping anything that moves hoping that people don’t read fully.

They are as much a disgrace as he is.

The truly sad thing is that we fund The Wireless through our tax dollars and again through NZ on Air.


-The Wirewless

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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