Ian recently wrote us:
My wife and I were walking home from the Rusty Pelican last night around 8:30. Some homeless guy was walking behind us getting closer and closer and he started shouting obscene comments to my wife. After 20 seconds she stopped (she’s from DC so has a shorter fuse than me). I told the guy that I didn’t appreciate him talking to my wife in this manner and that I would appreciate it if he stopped (or words to that affect). He then started to scream insults at me and got within 8 inches of my face. I didn’t back down but I managed to keep my temper and not deck the guy (he probably is mentally ill after all and who wants to be that guy). After a few more insults and colorful tales about how his service in the Marines and how it made my life possible (an odd choice as I am a English immigrant who arrived in the early 90s) he moved off to the alley behind Bartell’s.
A disturbing scene for tranquil Wallingford. Without intending unkindness to those in undesirable circumstances (as Ian notes, many are suffering from mental illness), we worry that we’ve seen an uptick in the number of chronically homeless around the neighborhood in recent months. Have others had similar experiences to Ian’s?
Is this part of an overall trend in Seattle, or something specific to Wallingford?