Opinion: Electrical outlets and homeless people.


Electrical outlets are precious to some homeless people. I know because I’ve been living in the Manhattan streets homeless for about five years. 

Currently, I’m a student at Baruch College in Manhattan. Luckily for me, I bought laptops with my student loans, and I have plenty of electrical outlets I use every day at school. 

Before I was a 45-year-old college student, I used to charge my laptop and phone at libraries, coffee shops, and other public places with outlets. 

If you have a place to live and work, electrical outlets probably aren’t a big deal.

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. I’m a full-time student at Baruch College. 

In my spare time, I’m trying to figure out how to earn money legally. 

Thanks to my student loans, I have laptops and a smartphone.

The last time I received my student loans, I paid my mobile phone bill a year in advance. Being homeless with a smartphone is a lot more enjoyable than being homeless without one, in my opinion. 

Imagine you were homeless living in the street. Where would you charge your devices? 

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Mark Pine

New York City startups, web marketing, and Baruch College journalism major. 917-815-5415 social@markpine.com