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The 'Romance' of Homelessness in NYC
CNBC.com | December 15, 2011 | 02:05 PM EST

Robert Johnson at Business Insider has posted a story about young homeless couple living on the streets of New York.

I don’t want to sound too callous about this but, frankly, I don’t buy it.

Scott and Whitney are adorable. They’re young, healthy and have no apparent vices apart from cigarette smoking. They don’t drink or touch drugs once in Johnson’s story.

Scott’s been homeless for almost seven years. He met Whitney around two years ago and was homeless for five years before that. He is originally from Staten Island, where his mother still lives. His mother is an alcoholic, according to Johnson. His father lives in the Bronx.

Whitney had a job in a supermarket but lost it. She has a close relationship with her mother, although her mother doesn’t know she’s homeless.

Very clearly Scott’s life has been difficult. Something convinced him to move out of his mother’s house in Staten Island and to get a GED rather than graduate from high school. It’s not at all clear why Whitney lives on the street.

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