There are frequently homeless people walking by the clinic in the morning. Sometimes they stop to talk and watch the drama. We have regulars we see almost daily, but most stop by every once in awhile.
D is always eager to talk to them and hand them literature. She has been known to recruit one of them to talk to clients who won’t talk to her and to inspire others to protest abortion in front of the clinic.
One morning a new person walked up and started talking to D. After she gave him pamphlets he showed her a picture of his children saying in a loud voice, “Show them this picture to let them know what happens if they don’t go in there.”
They talked for about 10 minutes and while they were talking he moved onto the property line of the clinic about a foot. I walked up to him and he immediately moved off the property line without me saying anything except, “Thank you.” Then he told D, “You were right. They made me move.”
There was a repeat of him moving a foot into the property line, me walking up, him moving off and me only saying, “Thank you.” D told him loudly, “That is just so petty of them.”
Petty? When four AWC clinic workers surrounded an escort on a Saturday who stepped over their property line into the parking lot, threatening to have them arrested for trespassing, were they being petty? Is it petty to not compromise on something like honoring property lines? If we compromise on the property line violations, what is the next “compromise”?
Is it petty to use homeless people to harass escorts and clients, or just manipulative and cynical?