Greenville bussing homeless people, unwanted newspapers to Asheville
Asheville by Way of Greenville, Monday — There have long been whispers that the city of Greenville, S.C., quietly handles its homeless problem by providing the city’s most aggressive and problematic indigents with one-way bus tickets to Asheville.
Greenville city officials deny the allegations, pointing out Asheville’s $27 million advertising push on the benches of Greyhound bus stations. Either way, a short walk through downtown Asheville provides any skeptical naysayer with empirical evidence that, 1) Angry drifters are the spice of life, 2) Greenville has a magic pepper grinder full of angry drifters, and, 3) Asheville forgot to say “When.”
Now, Greenville officials are also denying that they are flooding Asheville with unwanted daily newspapers that no city in its right mind would willingly and knowingly accept.
It’s unclear whether each homeless person arriving from Greenville on a bus is carrying a bundle of newspapers, or if each newspaper delivery truck arriving from Greenville is also carrying a homeless person.
“Look, we have our own lackluster-newspaper problem to deal with,” said Steven Brandt, who is responsible for finding homes each day for about 100,000 unwanted newspapers in Greenville.
Then what’s up with all the crappy papers arriving in Asheville daily from Greenville? As his defense, Brandt points out that he can’t even successfully distribute Greenville papers to Greenville, let alone Asheville.
“And one look at our delivery drivers bee-lining from the printing press to the recycling bins will tell you that our papers are all accounted for,” Brandt adds.
Asheville residents are not convinced.
“They’re everywhere, making promise after promise to get their acts together and never following through,” said one north Asheville homeowner about the bussed-in newspapers. “And just when you feel so sorry for it that you relent and agree to give it 50 cents, it hits you up for another quarter.”