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(above) A Playford Council call centre employee said it was the tenants' responsibility to remove shopping trolleys dumped on Council Land outside an Elizabeth retirement complex. When it was explained that a 91-year-old 95% blind woman walked by each morning, she relented and ordered the trolleys and dead branches be removed. That was the trick: remind them of the risk of legal action and bad publicity. That’s all these people understand. (Adelaide Homeless Journal November 2020).
Coming Soon: Man and woman in fifties still living in car at Elizabeth while Anglicare at Elizabeth keeps retirement units empty, some for two years; Scrap collector discovers six good Housing Trust houses, empty and vandalised; Disabled "pulling out their hair" while locked down in Anglicare joints after everyone else freed; N.D.I.S. contractor wants to use up client's $60,000 annual funding in one month then reassess him at a higher bracket of support; Mr Rock Solid meets his nemesis, Rock Solid Jr.; Lingerie man got angrier as he lost weight: he's fat now; House of Chow waitress doesn't get joke; Sharka back at Elizabeth Fred's Van; What's in those boxes in the Food Barn?; Elderly Sudanese man happy with uni exam score: 5%; Brad Chilcott laments White Ribbon week overshadowed by "The Pause"; Death as a Bridge by SoSo; William angry at Whitmore Square; Was Wilma "asking for it"?; Semaphore Park CB Channel 3 Repeater druggies; Mid-north free hampers (The Night Talker); Did an N.D.I.S employee pass Megaphone Man's social worker report to Semaphore Park druggies? Sense of despair and anger over virus at Peterswool Road free food event; Wanted: scans of case management agreements.
Fred’s Van and Orange Sky at Semaphore
“How f***ing are you,” a Fred’s Van worker said to a man walking into the driveway. “F***ing excellent, bitch,” he replied. She said, “I like the way you talk.”
But she didn’t like it when Horse Trader Steve arrived with his laundry. She told him curtly that if he didn’t arrive by 5:30 in future they wouldn’t do his washing. “There’s something wrong with that bitch?” Horse Trader Steve told the dirty-talking man. A third man told Horse Trader Steve to note the laundry van bore Queensland number plates. That’s their vulnerability, he said.
A young blond woman was there. She doesn’t use drugs and has all her teeth. “Can I go to that mad thing you go to,” she asked a friend, and thus she was at Fred’s Van. She appeared so sweet and innocent, but when an old man talked rubbish to her, she replied, “What are you? Trash, mate? I’ve never spoken to a bigger load of trash in my life.”
Fred’s Van Semaphore
St Bede’s Anglican Church Hall (near Semaphore Road)
200 Military Road, Semaphore. No I.D. or registration required.
6:00 pm Sunday. Free. Sit down meal in the main hall. Much improved. A bit rushed.
Slightly rough and dangerous customers. Clean toilets. Mirrors. Lots of room. Some rude stuff.
Occasional tipping over of tables and fighting, but usually calm. Free Orange Sky Laundry.
Early 27 November 2020
The joy of cleaning and case management
A cleaner quit his job at Yatala Prison because he was sick of removing faeces smeared onto walls and windows. He went freelance.
A tradesman met him at the home of a still employed public servant where they were both working. The tradesman said the public servant appeared as if, “she’s going to have her legs cut off, virtually no circulation. I walk into this place and…I stand there and say, “I don’t like what I’m smelling.’”
“She’s sitting there in this chair. She says, ‘I put rags on the chairs in case I piss myself,’ and she doesn’t move anything for me to sit down…she’s got gangrene on her foot, the smell, thick, musty, smells of human waste, smells like a crime scene after someone died and left there to bloat.”
“Three hundred dollars of cans and bottles, small fortune of money in car, full of sh**, she takes off her adult nappies and throws it on the floor, the dog comes along…friend of ******* [who pisses on the floor in shops] she’s got R.D.N.S. coming every day to change her bandages, blood and sh** removed off her skin, whatever, and I’m like, why have you got that on the kitchen table. Why did the R.D.N.S. person leave it there? At 34 degrees, the whole house was a steaming pile of sh**, the way she giggles to herself, heh, heh, heh…that’s making me feel sick.”
Early 27 November 2020
Why don’t Democratic Party leaders in the United States get the Coronavirus? Face masks?