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Taxi John?

A friend of mine, Cindy Rouzer, came up to me this morning and told me of something she saw last night which had her flaming angry. She told me the story and I stood there wide eyed not knowing what to say...

“You want me to write about this?” I asked.

“Of course!” Miss Cindy told me. “Why not?”

I had to admit, I was completely enthralled with her little tale, and I probably would have written of it had I seen it first hand. But there really is nothing like a first hand account. And so, I had her write about it and this is what she sent me:



I was finally warm, my tummy was full and my eyelids were getting very, very droopy. It was time to go retrieve my "woobie". For those who know me, my "woobie" has become quite the talking point! And, yes, I do get a lot of kidding about it - it's a huge, furry 15LB leopard blanket - just one of those comfort things that reminds me of home.

So, out I went to get the darn thing and in pulled a van.

Hmmm who is this? Well, what do you know, a Persian or Arab gentleman was driving and tried to explain to me that he was a taxi driver and dropping of a woman. It just didn't seem right. No markings on the otherwise normal looking van, no phone numbers, and the kicker was she wasn't being asked to pay a fare. Too boot, she got out barefoot! In this weather - please! You've got to be kidding me!! What a trick - no really!

The joke was on me - this was no normal taxi ride - it was a "John" letting out his "Trick" What the hell?? No way! No smelly ho's, no johns - just no! As many have read previously, there have been a few "issues" at the warming center and we are all on our very, very best behavior. In fact, a couple ladies have taken it upon themselves to provide "security" at center -one of them being me.

One lady takes the early evening hours and I take over at night due to my chronic insomnia! So far it's working well. We've busted a few for smoking out front and another for going in and out in the back to smoke during the quiet hours between 10PM and 6AM! Slamming doors and the arctic breeze that follows is unacceptable.

The best part of this is that the volunteers back us up - no questions asked.

So, when Tricky entered the building I was right behind her and notified staff what was going on. Tricky was promptly told she wasn't staying, but would be shod (she was barefoot) and fed and would need to make other arrangements for somewhere to sleep. Good enough!

I never thought I would need to say this but JUST A SHOUT OUT TO THE JOHNS IN THE TRI-VALLEY - DO NOT DROP YOUR STINKIN' HOS AND TRICKS OFF AT THE LIVERMORE HOMELESS REFUGE! LEAVE THEM WHERE YOU FOUND THEM!! AND IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO DO THEM, THEN PAY THEM A LIL BIT MORE TO GET A ROOM AND A SHOWER!

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Sean December 31, 2013 at 02:28 PM
"The Livermore Homeless Refuse" Oops.
Lvrmr Lady January 03, 2014 at 08:54 AM
The author says he was "completely enthralled with her little tale". Just what is so enthralling about pimps and hookers pimping and whoring in Livermore? Enthralling no. Disgusting yes.
Jimmy Zamora January 09, 2014 at 10:53 PM
I can't believe I read this story but I guess the take away message is that prostitutes can just just die on the streets rather than go to a shelter. At least the author of this little story thinks she's cute.
bette page January 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Or, maybe the author and C can show the same compassion to young women forced to support themselves in this way. You know like the kindness others have show YOU? Don't be a moral hypocrite. Let he who is without sin throw the first stone, said a wise man.
mkchicoine January 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Do we have any facts here? What city? Exactly where? What date? We don't even know the name of the writer? Just a "community contributor". Is this now supposed to be news? More like gossip and people form their opinions on word like this. The shelters are a big help for our communities especially after so many years of a bad economy. Fiction or gossip. Just because you read it doesn't mean it is true.
Kniqui Hackborn January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Why mention the estimated ethnic extraction of the van driver and not the barefoot woman? Was the woman actually smelly or was that a term of disdain? If there is a body odor policy and she didn't pass the sniff test, then turn her away. I find the suburban snobbery at the cold shelter more disgusting than hookers whoring in Livermore. Miss C got her 15lb woobie and a security detail at the cold shelter and the power to turn away a desperate woman. What would have made this story a good one is if Miss C had the compassion to give the "smally trick" her woobie after turning her away.
Such Troll January 10, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Is this idiot Christian Holm still wasting peoples time pretending to be a journalist. Here's an idea, stop wasting tax payers money and jump of a bridge.
DC Murphy January 10, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Well stated, Pig! Them darn shelter hos ain't really good at their trade anyway, or they wouln't be homeless in the first place...
Autumn Johnson (Troll) January 10, 2014 at 04:20 PM
To hell with all this jabberwocky, I want to know how the hell a homeless guy is able to post and update his blog.
Such Troll January 10, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Thanks to our tax dollars these A-holes are getting cell phones from the government. And now instead of using it to get a job and repaying society this idiot pretends to be Ron Burgundy and report on sh*t no one cares about. Thanks Christian Holm for reminding us whats wrong with Livermore (people like you). Do everyone a favor and become an hero.
Bert Stenson January 10, 2014 at 05:28 PM
The take away is...I THINK...He thought,She thunk,a maybe john,dropped off someone who might of been a hooker at the Homeless Refuse, She got something to eat then left. Idea, The next thread...Pimps and Whores in Livermore! Thx L.L. Or how about...Wait a minute,aren't you the guy who lives under the bridge.(sorry about the troll joke) I like the jumping off a bridge thing.I was thinking someone should donate a rope and draw a map to a strong enough tree. No bridges high enough in Livermore.
Bren January 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM
This is the most disgusting thing I've read in a long time. Miss C. is an evil person for depriving that alleged prostitute of shelter. Sex workers are among the most vulnerable, most marginalized members of our society. In all my years of trying to help homeless people, I have NEVER heard of a shelter that would turn somebody away based on the accusation that they were a sex worker. Shame on Miss C. for her hateful act of discrimination, shame on the shelter volunteers for going along with it, and shame on Christian Holm for apparently condoning Miss C's destructive, hateful, puritanical persecution of sex workers.
DannyH January 13, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Seriously people? You're telling someone to go kill themself because of their opinion. You're even offering suggestions. We should all be so lucky to be as perfect as you, in your infinite wisdom, you have shown your true colors. I think this post is idiotic but still...
DannyH January 13, 2014 at 09:15 AM
By the way Christian Holm, my tax dollars aren't there so you can elect yourself the mayor of shelterville. Either cut out the crap and get your nose out of other people's business, or leave. But I don't want to hear homeless people complaining about who should and shouldn't recieve help, all the while, demeaning those people in the process.
Christian Holm January 13, 2014 at 04:40 PM
I haven't elected myself mayor of anything, DannyH. Dunno where you got that idea. Second, I don't spend tax dollars. I have a job, everything I have I paid for with money I earned legitimately. So far as the homeless are concerned, what they do affects me directly. It is very much my business.
Bren January 13, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Christian Holm, do you think your friend Miss C. was right to deprive a fellow homeless person of shelter based on the allegation that she was a prostitute? I find Miss C's actions appalling. She basically rallied the volunteers to participate in a witch hunt, and sent somebody out into the cold, based on allegations that the poor woman might have been a prostitute. If the woman was a prostitute, how would that be anybody's business at the shelter? Her alleged acts of prostitution did not take place at the shelter, and therefore posed no potential harm to the shelter or its inhabitants. It is very, very common for homeless women and girls to engage in survival sex, which society commonly labels as prostitution. If you're going to exclude homeless women and girls from a homeless shelter for using a survival tactic that is very common among homeless women and girls, then what's the point of even having a homeless shelter? And who else are you going to exclude?
Such Troll January 13, 2014 at 04:58 PM
#JumpIntoTrafficChristianHolm #ChristianHolmAnHero
Such Troll January 13, 2014 at 05:07 PM
You're a horrible writer and a waste of breathable air. No body likes you or your stupid story, I will continue to troll you until you 1) stop writing, 2) Become an hero, or 3) apologize to everyone on here for you being a complete self righteous a-hole. You want to be a writer? Here is some advice, Don't! you suck at it. You should try being a boat anchor, or a pastic bag. No offence to the plastic bags or anchors.
Christian Holm January 14, 2014 at 04:07 AM
Bren, this is the story she told me. I haven't said how I feel about it one way or the other. Had I been there, I was not, I would have told it, of course. She was there, she was involved. I don't go to the warming centre anymore. I'm not welcome there because I've been critical of how it's run. Oh, and Mr. Pig, it's A Hero, not AN Hero... if you're going to criticize my prose, at least learn how to speak English first.
Bert Stenson January 14, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Thanx DH you are right.No one should kill themself.I need to work on Empathy(or how to fake it better)I think I was trying to be sarcastic. But came off as being cruel and likely hypocritical. I started posting here with the intention of not personally attacking or praising anyone person specifically.Then did just that(or more so than I intended). Apologies. DO NOT KILL YOURSELF! ANYONE!
Bren January 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Christian Holm, why don't you tell us how you feel about it? Do you think an allegation that this woman may have engaged in survival sex at some location that's not the warming center was a valid reason for Miss C. and the volunteers to gang up on her and deprive her of the shelter she clearly needed?
Such Troll January 14, 2014 at 02:22 PM
@ Christian Holm, why don't you Google "an hero" before making statements about my grammar. Both you and Miss Hep-C should look into these new concrete swim trunks, they are making quite the splash in this years homeless fashion.
livermoron January 14, 2014 at 06:43 PM
knock it off christine you smelly troll! you are the most intelligent idiot i have ever encountered. still, nobody is buying your fairy tales...
Christian Holm January 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Bren, because I decided not to. The story was written by a woman named Cindy Rouzer. She told me the tale, all excited and I listened. I told her it wasn't something I'd write about without having been there, but, if she wrote the story, I promised to publish it. I was, by the way, a little disappointed with what she wrote, but I did keep my promise. So far as what I would have done in that situation. It largely depends on how the woman in question affected those already there. And yes, there is a smell test. You can't walk into the Warming Centre if you reek. It makes breathing impossible. So far as what Cindy wrote, you take it as you see it. It's what she provided me with.
Bren January 15, 2014 at 12:59 AM
But if you publish it without comment, it's as if you are endorsing it. Regarding this smell test, Miss C. didn't state that she drove this person out for smelling bad; she said she got the person kicked out simply for appearing to be a prostitute. Not for engaging in prostitution in or around the warming center, but just for allegedly engaging in prostitution somewhere, at some point. If you talk to Miss C, please tell her I think she's a horrible person.
Such Troll January 15, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Shut up Christian Holm, you self involved idiot. You are now back tracking your story because of the intense negative feedback from the community and placing the blame on Miss, Hep-C. Take responsibility for your crappy story and a apologize.
Christian Holm January 16, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Bren, Cindy Rouzer stays regularly at the Warming Centre. It's at Asbury Church tonight. Perhaps you should pop by there and inform her in person of your opinion.
Lvrmr Lady January 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Do not trust this author, even a little bit. He went back into the article and CHANGED it from his original posting. Sounds like a cowardly thing to do. Sounds like he deceives. Sounds like a hypocrite.
Livermoronian April 08, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Are you gonna write anymore? Tommy's opened back up with a new owner. Its called "the daily grind". Nice people.
Christian Holm April 09, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Livermorian, I knew the owners of Tommy's. I don't know the owners of The Daily Grinde. Livermore Lady, I only added the name Cindy Rouzer to the original posting. That was the only change.

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