the Homeless: Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

Vernon Lamarr Clark walked into a San Diego bank two months ago determined to get in trouble. The would-be thief, who was unarmed, handed the nearest teller a note announcing a bank robbery and asking for cash. After receiving $40, Clark told a security guard to call the police and patiently waited to be arrested.

An unemployed iron worker who has been homeless for a year, Clark says he pulled the bank job because he wanted to find shelter. "I was tired and fed up with sleeping on the streets and picking through Dumpsters for food," he says.

Although a judge...

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