Walmart for the Homeless

United States
April 23, 2008 3:14pm CST
Hello guys. I was just wondering if you guys thought that it would be ok for a homeless person to catch a quick nap inside a 24 hour Walmart. I thought that they should be able to because what if it is raining. How would you feel if you were a homeless person and then all of a sudden you find a walmart to seek shelter in but when you get to the door they tell you that you are not allowed.
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9 responses
@Adelida2233 (1008)
• United States
16 May 08
No. Homeless people should not be allowed to take naps inside of a business. I work in retail management, and there is no way I would let a homeless person sleep in my store. There are things called HOMELESS SHELTERS made specifically for this reason. I understand there are many reasons for why someone is homeless, most notably mental illness. Stores are put where they are to make they most money possible. I am quite sure that having a homeless person sleeping on the "display model" of some piece of furniture would deter them from buying the item.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I agree with most of the posters here. I don't think that the homeless should be allowed to sleep in an store. There are shelters for them and there are empty store that can and should be set up for them. As for most of the homeless being homeless because they are mentally ill or from their choice is so untrue. Some or in these 2 categories. But a lot of people that are homeless because of having live from paycheck to pay check. They just aren't as visible. There aren't enough shelters or programs for the mentally ill.
@freak369 (4865)
• United States
20 May 08
I'm not homeless, does that mean that I can't go and take a nap inside a Wal-Mart? No. Why Wal-Mart? Why not Target or K-Mart? There is a huge difference between not being allowed in a store and finding the furniture section and picking out a bed to sleep in or a futon to crash on.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
18 May 08
Well i think that is very sad but after all a business place is a business place , it is not for people to take a nap or shelther yea we are no running charity organization after all.
• Alexandria, Virginia
16 May 08
Why not? I don't think there is anything wrong with that Homeless people need to go somewhere and there might not always be a shelter around.
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Don't think thats a good idea after all walmart is a superstore not superman.They're in the business of serving consumers with money they are not a chairity organization that helps the less fortunate.
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Wal-mart allows people to "camp" in their parking lots, or at least I know they used to. Did you see the movie "Where the heart is?" - it's all about a pregnant girl who lived in a wal-mart for awhile. I don't think it would be a good idea...wal-mart isn't a homeless shelter - it would scare a lot of the customers. it would be way better for people to start up additional homeless shelters in the area if the other ones are full. It is safer for the homeless person also.
@rockvixen (894)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I don't think so, I find this to be a bad idea and also a very dangerous one. That homeless person could be armed and could be a thief. I would not like to go into a Wal Mart knowing homeless people are there, people who could harm me. There are homeless shelters, that is where they should go. NOT inside a Wal Mart where they can roam free and steal or harm others.
@kezabelle (2985)
23 Apr 08
No because that is not what they are there for otherwise anyone could just go and take a nap anytime they felt like it would that be acceptable of course not I dont want to be doing my shopping and trip over someone sleeping on the floor! There are shelters and hostels for people with nowhere else to go places they can get a bed and some sleep and food. More thought and help should be put towards those instead I think