“The sad truth is,” Dunn says, “people don’t read [cardboard signs]. When you’re downtown and you’re sitting on the ground and you’ve got a sign, people are trying not to make eye contact. My encounter with Willie was one of a handful where I felt like a human being, for a minute.” He adds, “if there’s anything I would ever want to let people know who have a negative view of people on the street, people with addictions — people at the bottom of the offering holding signs — is that… people don’t stay in that condition permanently. Those are people.”

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