A trim for the team

August 20, 2008

The smell is still awful, but don’t they look good?

Last month The Ticket wrote that officials in Denver, worried about the impression that 50,000 visitors to the Democratic National Convention would get next week, were planning to hide the estimated 4,000 homeless people who hang around the city’s downtown area.

They arranged for free movie passes and bingo games to get them off the street, as well as temporary housing and free tickets to the zoo and Museum of Nature and Science.

Now, with a Hat Tip to our pal Jeralyn over at TalkLeft, comes word, as Sen. Barack Obama prepares to announce his vice presidential running mate pick, that Denver is even spiffing up the coiffures of its homeless. They’re giving free haircuts to the homeless this week in preparation for the visiting crowds who’ll arrive this weekend.

No, really.

The idea, it says later in the post, is “to make the homeless feel better about themselves. And maybe then they’d get jobs or something.” No, really. It is the Democratic convention.

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