Ask Amy: I’ve stopped buying beer because my husband gives it to this homeless guy

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: Over the last year, my husband has been watching out for an older homeless man, “Bill,” whom he sees around his office building each day.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

My husband brings him a bag lunch almost every day and has also given him bags of toiletries, winter supplies and the occasional sweater.

I’ve been fully supportive, and have helped to pack supplies and lunches on occasion. I have been really proud of the compassion that he’s shown when that’s not typically in his nature.

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Recently, I noticed that my husband had been putting beer from our fridge into the bag lunches.

When I questioned him as to whether that was a good idea, he told me that “Bill” had told him that he was dying of liver cancer, there was nothing anyone could do and that having a few beers was his one last joy in life.

I told my husband that I did not support giving Bill alcohol, as that was probably a factor with his illness. My husband argued that Bill should be allowed some happiness at the end of his life, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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