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Mark Atwood
One of the most amazingly worst things I've ever seen
Yesterday, while walking out of Seattle Lunch 2.0, I saw one of the amazing worst things I've ever seen.

There was this homeless overweight native American, walking down Alaska Way along the waterfront under the viaduct. That was not so amazing and horrifying.

But he had a pair of live pigeons tied to pieces of string, and he was walking them like dogs. Sort of. As he was walking behind them, he would kick them. They would fly up in a short arc, splat down on the sidewalk, and struggle back up to it's feet, at which point it would get kicked again. They were very obvously Not Doing Well.

I was just, utterly gobsmacked flabbergasted.

The person I was walking with said "I've never felt sorry for a pigeon before..."

If they had been cats or dogs, I would have been on the phone to the cops and over the street and in his face, taking the animals away from him.

Still, OMFG WTF?!
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airlinepilot From: airlinepilot Date: June 14th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's terrible. And funny. I'm not fond of pigeons, and have had the urge once or twice to kick one out of my way, but putting them on a string and kicking them? That's just mean, man! :)

I think you should have called Animal Abuse and told them he had two pet birds he was abusing.
krow From: krow Date: June 14th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
My thought when I saw it was "they must be the guy's dinner".

It was seriously weird looking...
dcseain From: dcseain Date: June 14th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read this and thought they were likely his dinner too; doves are quite edible.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 15th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
But, why kick your dinner? I mean, you risk breaking the thigh bones before you've gotten a chance to cook the marrow (making it edible)

That, and bruised bird just tastes poor.

Just snap the necks and carry them that way. Heesh.
dossy From: dossy Date: June 14th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Proof positive that anyone who says "all lives are equally valuable" clearly full of shit.

The pidgeon-kicker was a fine piece of performance art meets social satire.
lishablog From: lishablog Date: June 14th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
This doesn't surprise me. If you said that it happened in any place other than Seattle it would have surprised me. Seattle is the land of weird. I swear, Seattle has it's very own version of the Jerusalem Syndrome where people go there and go nuts. I love the place like you cannot imagine, but seriously, the things that I saw people there were way, way weird.

My then-partner has a word for the special kind of crazy that happens in Seattle. I can't remember it right now. I'll have to go ask him.
wouldyoueva From: wouldyoueva Date: June 14th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeesh. That's pretty weird.

But, you know, if I were a homeless native American, I'd probably feel like kicking a small animal myself. Still, I don't think a call to the cops would have been out of place.
krow From: krow Date: June 15th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The reason not to, is that I know the cops are already over burdened here in the first place.

But on second thought? You are probably right.
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: June 15th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Animal control then? Or are they only concerned with the welfare of domestic animals?
krow From: krow Date: June 15th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which is more likely to respond?
From: neocuriosity Date: June 15th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That is horrible. I'm sorry you had to see it. Some people aren't fit to be walking around.

Edited at 2008-06-15 01:51 am (UTC)
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