[MUSIC PLAYING] We have about 600 miles of flood
channels in the whole Las Vegas valley. Two or three of the tunnels
go right beneath the strip. A few go beneath
the downtown area, and then the rest
are just everywhere. You can see the neon lights,
the 40 story tall casinos, the polished lobbies. And then right beneath that
is this dark and gray world where people are just
trying to survive. I go to the tunnels maybe
two or three times a month, just to check on people. I started a community
project called Shine A Light to try to do what
I can to help the people who are living down there. You ready to see who’s around? Let’s do it. Creepy. It’s a stuffed animal
wrapped in caution tape. That’s the kind of thing
if you’re by yourself late at night walking and you see
it, it can give you the chills. Craig, is that you? Can you give us a quick
tour of your camp? Just describe– Well, I just made this up. I locked this down to make
sure the wind and air can come through, a pretty
decent amount of air. You can lower this if
you need to and shut it? It’s cold. The floor is cold. The floor is cold enough to keep
the food preserved a little? You found this in a trashcan? Yeah, dumpster diving. Craig is one of the
masters of dumpster diving. Even when he had
an apartment, he would dumpster dive and
furnish it with stuff he found. I wouldn’t want to be homeless
anywhere else, I would think. Out of sight, out of
mind here, in Vegas. You’re left alone. You have some privacy, and
strangely, a sense of security down here. How are you doing? OK. Yeah? How are you? Good. Good to see you. You’ve lived down here
off and on for how long? Oh, my god. Since 2004. Wow. Take me back to that moment. You lived, white picket
fence, family, kids? I came down here,
and I expected it to be dirtier, more humidity–
raw sewage going through or something. Right. And I saw how it was. And I was like, wow. That’s not as bad as I thought. Whatever my man
chooses or whatever, that’s what I want too. If he wants to live
down here, then I’ll live down here with him. Can you give us a little tour? This is one of the
more elaborate camps, you’ll see down here. The bed is elevated on
these shopping carts. That’s my refrigerator. The cooler? I keep the food,
yeah, and water. Aren’t those the coin
cups from the casinos? You use that as a bathroom? That’s our bathroom, our toilet. People get so comfortable living
down here with their couch, and their milk crate, and
their clothes hung up. And I think
sometimes, they almost forget that they’re
living in a flood channel. [MUSIC PLAYING] It says, aghast, the devil stood
and felt how awful goodness is. I think it’s a line from
Milton’s “Paradise Lost” that a guy named Ricky
wrote on the wall. He’s a bit of a poet,
a rough guy, tough guy. But he also has a
more sensitive side. Yeah, this is a roulette table. Wow. You use it just as a curtain? Yeah. Wow. You have a canopy, huh? Yeah. This keeps you warm. Oh, you can pull it down over? Yeah. Is that a thin mattress
or a few blankets? Those are two McDonald’s crates. That they unload
their supplies with? Yeah, and they didn’t get back. So what is it about the tunnels
that attracts you to it? For one thing, it’s free rent. I know my future, and
I’m past 50 years old. I have extensive
prison background. And I know I won’t get no work,
no decent work around here. So what? You feel you don’t
have any future, so you just don’t mind
staying down here? Unless you could think
of a better future than I could think of. And what I’ve discovered is
it’s very tough to get someone to come out literally
into the light and to face the issues that
made them become homeless in the first place and to
try to change and turn that around and give up the freedom. The people down here have
been really good to me as far as welcoming
me into their homes, sharing their stories with me. The thought part of
helping just one of them or brightening
one of their days, those are the kind of
things that keep me going. In another episode
of “Seeker Stories,” find out how a controversial
medical procedure is saving lives. So we process stool
from healthy donors and send it out to hospitals
all over the country. The population that
we’re treating this way, this is their last resort. They’ve been sick for a
minimum of six months. And this cures them. This classic case that I
take care of has an over 90% success rate. To watch more stories,
be sure to subscribe. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Living In The Hidden Tunnels Of Las Vegas
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100 thoughts on “Living In The Hidden Tunnels Of Las Vegas

  • July 20, 2018 at 7:20 am
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    How hot does it get down there in the Vegas heat?

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  • July 21, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • July 23, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    Please don't document stuff like this, while it may "seem" good to bring things like to to light. Its really not. If these people get kicked out their lives will change for the worse…

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  • August 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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    I love Ricky!

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  • August 4, 2018 at 1:24 am
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    reminds me of the allegory hmm

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  • August 4, 2018 at 5:46 am
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    5:05 Basically some people can not be helped. Give a poor person a winning lottery and despite that soon they will be poor again.

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  • August 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm
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    Its such a cold world.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 4:33 am
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    My friends and I used to hang out in and explore these tunnels as teenagers, on the Summerlin side. Never ran into any encampments and rarely any people (they were visiting, not living down there anyway), but read Matt O'Brien's book when it came out and have always been fascinated by these people and their stories. Looking forward to going back one day to help out, do some homeless outreach, etc.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 2:52 am
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    if i could, I'd release a zombie virus in there just to see what will happen ; )

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  • August 17, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    Hey matt its Joe from 2013-2015 we didn't know each other well but I was close with Boston Callie Jess Toxic Irish etc. I have turned my life around & wanted you to know I hold great respect for your humanity and wish you a blessed life my friend. P.S. sorry about throwing rocks at your drone I figured it was the police. My apologies brother

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  • August 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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    American dream from.other 3rd world country i could nit even imagine american govt cant provide for this people when they purchase billions of dollars investing in wars around the world

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  • September 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm
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    this dude exploits them for a story….then wants to 100% put their homelessness on them

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  • September 7, 2018 at 4:18 am
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    My friend live here 10 years ago after she got layoff from$15 an hour dealer job in a las Vegas casino,I don't know if she is alive !

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  • September 9, 2018 at 9:14 am
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    How do you help and brighten their days?

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  • September 11, 2018 at 6:10 am
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    Matthew. Please contact me. I’d love to help and be a part of your “shine the Light”. This issue has been on my mind since I moved here from Minnetrista. Thank you for shinning your story, the light on people whom need living essential to survival

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  • September 12, 2018 at 4:56 am
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    And when it rain…what …they would loose everything ..you would need to pack fast ….

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  • September 16, 2018 at 7:54 am
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    Ricky that's not roulette…that's craps my friend

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  • September 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm
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    Technically we just live in elevated flood channels

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  • September 28, 2018 at 7:53 am
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    The lazy, the people that doesn't want financial responsibility, don't want to work or pay tax. They deserve where they are, they don't need help. They will die broke and unknown.

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  • October 14, 2018 at 3:37 am
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    Sharon is a fool following a “man” who wants to live down there. What’s worse is the scumbag who exploits the misery of these people and hugs them as if he is friends with them. It’s the most disingenuous heap of BS I’ve seen in a long time.

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  • October 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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    This is my dream life…with the exception of the internet…i would live here

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  • October 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    Stop smoking the pookie ,leave the meth and tar alone and smoke seaweed

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  • October 26, 2018 at 10:16 am
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    Lot of tweakers taking over tunnels And doing drugs Under The tunnel's 😔that's not good for the good people at there because they Get crazy 😒

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  • November 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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    Carnation condensed milk was produced since 1899 but took the name Carnation Milk in 1901. The company was eventually sold to Nestle in 1986 who still makes the milk today, but now it is called "Nestle's Carnation Cooking Milk"

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  • November 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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    im a near homeless firefighter from indiana, maybe i should go down there during rainstorms and try to save lives.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 6:32 am
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    Most of us are closer to this reality than we realize.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 8:04 pm
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    hi i live in vegas and it tripped me out seeing Sharon bc she died in the tunnel we had lots of rain and tunnel flooded she drowned i had known her for yrs. seeing this vid really upset me she was a good person

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  • November 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    jazz tried saving her but he couldnt catch her w her

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  • November 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    omg ricky lee he was ex boyfriend of Sharon known him 20 yrs

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  • December 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    Grand ma used to say " Gambling makes a homeless man " …. how true.

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  • December 16, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    They are lucky they are not in NYC one of the most ruthless cities to be homeless

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  • December 20, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    "I know I won't find no work". well ya, not if you dont look. Most homeless people choose to live that way. Mostly addictions and lazyness.

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  • December 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    It's unfair that the state government doesn't even attempt to rehabilitate the channel's inhabitants.

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  • January 1, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    How do I get in contact with the person involved in contacting the homeless in the segment, " Living in the Hidden Tunnels of Las Vegas?"

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  • January 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    So they block off the tunnel? Privacy? What if somebody wants to walk through? They should be concerned about flash floods but they know that.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    This is the vision cotez-pelosi-obama-schumer have for ALL America! (not for them-just YOU)

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  • January 16, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    Just flood the tunnel

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  • January 18, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    4:08 that’s a craps cloth not roulette

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  • January 21, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    The best way to help them is to pray for a heavy flood and wash away all their problems

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  • January 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    Fucking junkies get a job stay sober problem solved

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    looks like a good place to hide and forget about Trump.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I need a girl like Shannon she's a rider

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  • February 5, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    only areas in town that i've seen homeless in are pipes either flood drains like these or even small ones that are wide as a 2 lane road .idk where else anyone could stay under the vegas weather and survive ? I have and do see a few camping in dirt dunes here where i live around the nlv airport but when june come around they leave . tents put up next to dumpsters etc and squatting ,but the abandoned houses are disappearing fast cos the economies on the upswing .not could be me -will be me

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  • February 8, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    im gonna need a bigger cup i had bean redhot tacos last nite and bobs all you can eat hot wings

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  • February 8, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    The two men were tweakers

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  • February 12, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Fuck That! you better tell yo man to go find a J-O-B

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  • February 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    Thanks for not smoking

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  • February 16, 2019 at 6:02 am
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    White privilege

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  • February 18, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Most people don't want to be responsible and choose to live like that. How are you homeless but you can buy cigarettes and or drugs but can't find a basic job to rentva room or studio apartment.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    You fall asleep in a tunnel only to wake up to a man rubbing your testicles. You say to him “Why are you rubbing my testicles?” and he says “I’m sorry I thought they were mine”. Then you realize your just high, it’s your own hand, and there is no other man there, and back to sleep.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    If we all were rich, then we wouldn't need money.

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  • February 22, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    🙏🙏God bless them . With lots of love… 💕💕

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  • February 22, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    And then it rained.

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Metro 2033

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    4:00 wow 20 years. Imagine all the stories this dude has to tell. All the floods hes gone through!

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    That ending tho. "In our next video, learn how we are curing people by injecting other peoples shit into their asses"

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  • February 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    These people have mental illnesses and you can see they have meth mouth.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    I heard those tunnels go all the way to Mexico

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  • February 25, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Good works man, God be With you!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    what camera are u using?

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    As all ways no https://youtu.be/WB6p5QPVhPI solutions!

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  • March 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    you get over 48 and got no skill and bad with money . and white to boot , its over .labor laws are anti white male ,it cost 10 k more to hire people over 48

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  • March 31, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Talking about Paradise Lost, there is a place of…certain significance also in Nevada. Both are underground…further underground…where did all the people go? Only the federal government knows…

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  • April 5, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    I feel so bad for these folks, and I realize that the way the economy is alot of us are where we are one paycheck away from their situation or living check to check. People do not plan on living that way and want better, but when thats not possible, you do what you have too. These are strong people that want to survive, I think some like the gentleman who has the jail record really also is there to be left alone, he knows he could be living better if he was back in jail, but his freedom is more important and that says alot about him. These people just need a break, but they are tuff and have learned the inns and outs of getting by, they have learning you can not get from books, they have street smarts and thats what you need to survive. Plus they are not dirty people, they just do not dream anymore because of their ages they do the best they can and di not waste energy on maybes or what ifs, its called SURVIVAL…I wish them the best and hope their situations become what they want them to be, I can not say I hope they get out of there, because some people choose to be there, they feel more comfortable there, its their home and its where they make the rules, and live how they please , but at natures mercy…

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  • April 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    I like Ricky

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  • April 10, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    what do they and if I could find it, how do I get it to those in need? Vicki

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  • April 10, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    ps: not just there, but anywhere tunnel living? Vicki 🙏

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  • April 24, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    Resident 1 is obviously a meth head.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    So if it floods… those people are just dead? Greeeeeat extreme sarcasm

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  • April 28, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    What happens when it floods? everything that they own will get washed away..I take it they just start all over again..This is a sad situation makes me angry as well..

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  • May 4, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    It's a fragile economic system we live in. People want to blame the homeless for not working. People want to blame the working class for living above their means, people want to blame the wealthy for living way above everyone's means. Maybe all the blame should go to the Mexicans for premature population growth. Sure, ALL of these things play a role in the coming collapse, but whose fault will it be when there is no more USA? We could not survive another dust bowl type event. There'll be too much Mass murder and mass suicide. Not even the military is equipped to deal with a 20 sided civil war! Racism, sexism, feminism, anti poor, anti rich, Republican, Democrat, socialist, capitalist, bad parents, delinquents, etc… The worst thing about the USA is in building relationships with people. If the economy ever truly tanks, our country fades away, while China, and several other countries will cope MUCH better. They still have people that do my job (truck driver) on foot with wheel carts. No oil? No problem, they'll just work harder. In the USA, no Petro? Suicide and mass murder… People need to cooperate to make better relationships or it's bye bye to our country in the worst way.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    At night, do these people use candles and oil lamps?

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  • May 24, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    @ 4:05 is a craps table cloth not Roulette.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    Vegas is too busy to be homeless at street level.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Way to enable them.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    White privilege

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  • June 13, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Help the homeless

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  • June 26, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    I remember living in summerlin and my friend and I would have these adventures in the tunnels and we found a mini go kart, old camps (homes), we travel for hours and ended up by the side of the mountains maybe 3 hours away from we lived.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    So what happens when it rains? Seems stupid to me!!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    I'm nobody. I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I'm a boxcar and jug o' wine. And a straight razor, if you get too close to me.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    달!콤한 유?혹은 없습니다. 그러나 확실합니다 XXOXX7. COM

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    Life or humain best, no respecto by a society

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    people in Vegas will surprise you on how much humanity they hold. don’t let the lights fool you

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    This makes me want to cry so sad

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    Post and tell me what I can do

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    I want happiness for these people. For gosh sake let's all and together thru the help of almighty God and do something I've been selfish for most of my life I'm not wealthy am struggling too but at least I have a roof over my head. Dear God touch the heart and soul of all of us and let us know what we can do however big or small to ihelp.everyone can do something

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    " whatever my man chooses I do"…. That's a woman of loyalty you hardly find anywhere. Ill bet that kind of loyalty on yhe Las Vegas surface is…0%.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    What if it gets flooded?

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    it's just sad to see this…

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  • August 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    For all of y’all feeling sorry for these people the majority of them are drug addicts ! case closed.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Essa não é a visão da América do Norte que temos aqui. 😔

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  • August 22, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    get a job get off of the drugs and pull yourselves together

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    what are the hoa fees looking like?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    The people live there because they want to they like the drugs and not having to be responsible this country is falling apart because of stuff like this right here what a waste of our freash air

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    help em bro get em out the flood tunnels

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  • August 30, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    I couldn't do it. No wifi

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    Las Vegas is a chit hole.It ALL SHOULD BE BURIED.F that place and the Founder.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    You know that it’s infested with rats and snakes.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    Check out the tunnels underneath The Orleans casino. Nothing nice ..
    I'm from the 702

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