Posted by on December 31, 2019 12:39 am

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A recent headline from Shenandoah caught our attention.

Actually, it wasn’t the headline — as disturbing as it is — as much as it is the public reaction to it.

Shenandoah Floppers Busted on Overdose Call

According to a recent report from The Shenandoah Sentinel, paramedics and local police responded to a call at a downtown (uptown) Shenandoah address on the night after Christmas.

The call came from 21-23 North Main Street in Shenandoah.

Here’s the big problem with that: the owner of the building is dead and the people living in these apartments shouldn’t have been there. The Shenandoah address had been condemned.

Shenandoah police told The Sentinel: “We found numerous violations. Unsafe wiring, wiring jumped, they were stealing power.” The also found “drugs and drug paraphernalia everywhere” when arriving at the scene.

It’s believed the original call from this address was for EMS personnel to attend to a potential drug overdose.

Police did find two people inside with active arrest warrants. They were taken to Schuylkill County Prison, pending arraignment.

In an update to the original reporting, the Sentinel details who was inside and what they’re facing now:

James Hall, 46, of Ringtown, was arrested on a warrant from Berks County as well as a DUI warrant from Shenandoah, and Cheyanne Sensenbach, 26, of Shenandoah, was arrested on a felony drug delivery warrant from Shenandoah. Sensenbach was arraigned and unable to post $25,000 bail.

So, as disturbing as it is that drug addicts are occupying condemned buildings, hooking them up with someone else’s electricity and then using those buildings as drug flop houses, that’s not what’s really confusing us.

Some Criticize Police for Busting the Fugitives

The Sentinel posted its article to the site’s Facebook page. And from there, it got picked up by several other popular local Facebook pages. That gave the opportunity for some real head-scratching opinions.

It only makes us believe Schuylkill County is sliding downward very quickly and too many people are complicit, just willing to watch it go.

In response to this incident and the result, one person says, “Not everyone is as lucky as other people … all they where doing was trying to survive.”

Someone else replied: “Let them go … if our government would be so f’in selfish…or maybe they are lazy who knows.” (We fixed this quote up slightly.)

In another discussion centered on this story, someone complains about the process an addict needs to go through to get shelter and some help for their addiction.

That didn’t deter someone from asking, “It’s so cold though, why not just leave them there?”

Others who advocate for addicts remind people that this could be them or someone they know, too. They blame the County government for not providing enough shelters for these addicts.

Is It Heartless to Say “Tough $#*t”?

We have a hard time getting behind advocating for the two people caught up in this situation. First, they had active warrants against them and for that reason, alone, should not have been in this flop house.

But let’s, for a moment, pretend these were just two addicts without active warrants for their arrest. Let’s assume they’re just addicts without a home looking for a place to get high.

There should not be a flop house at all.

And no, it’s not on the County government to provide a place for people to get high. It shouldn’t be on any government to provide such a place. And the government is wrong to provide antidotes to this dangerous behavior free of charge.

All this is creating is a society that enables junkies to get so high and purchase immeasurably dangerous drugs and do them with little regard for anyone.

And who’s paying for all this? You are. Whether it’s the antidote that brings people back from an overdose or the paramedics and police who have to respond to calls to bring these folks back, you’re paying.

What happens if the bootleg electrical system these particular floppers rigged had failed? It could have triggered a huge fire in Shenandoah.

And people seem to believe this is just one of many flop houses in Schuylkill County. Over the summer, we saw evidence of one in Pottsville, too. Don’t forget about the Days Inn near Cressona, too. How many times did fire officials respond to incidents there in 2019?

Schuylkill County Poop Patrol

So, to those saying we should show more empathy toward the addicts, where’s the line?

We have people saying it’s OK that wanted individuals were living in a condemned apartment with bootleg electric. What’s next, pooping in the streets? It sounds silly but it’s actually serious. And we’re serious, too.

Because that’s where cities and towns eventually go when they keep enabling addicts to get high wherever they want.

We feel bad for those in the grips of these addictions. For many though, it was a decision they initially made and kept making. Should we enable all addicts? Free cigarettes? Free booze?

Schuylkill County officially has a homeless crisis but it’s combating it the wrong way but a lot of people seem like they’re OK with it.

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  1. Sick of it all January 1st, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t feel sorry for these people. This is not a disease, it is a choice. It is a slap in the face to someone that has cancer or Parkinsons. I am so sick and tired of seeing these degenerates walking around town all day and I just got done working a 12hr shift. I also love being in a grocery store and watching these scumbags buy $180 in groceries and pay with their Access card and I am buying chicken thighs cause they are on sale

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    • Anonymous July 10th, 2020 at 7:21 am

      NEED YOU BE REMINDED THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE AND ITS NOT YOU. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL . HOW THIS IS ANY DIFFERENT THAN RACISM, IDK. ACTUALLY, ITS NOT. THERES IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD YOU CAN KNOW ANYONES SITUATION UNLESS YOU ARE THEM. IVE WORKED SINCE IM 12 AND I CAN SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE RECENTLY I WAS HOMELESS. IM A WORKER. I LOVE TO WORK BUT I LOST MY JOB BECAUSE A PUNK STARTED PHYSICALLY HARMING ME AT WORK AND I REPORTED IT. IT CAUSED ME TO BECOME HOMELESS AND FROM EXPERIENCE I AGREE THE COUNTY NEEDS REFORM ON THIS AND NO WE R NOT PAYING. PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES. NOBODY WANTS TO LIVE THAT WAY, COME ON PEOPLE. WHO WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE THAT WAY??? THEY ARE AT THE BOTTOM AND OBVIOUSLY CAN NOT GET OUT OF THE SITUATION, MAYBE YOUR SOLUTION IS JUST TO EUTHANIZE THEM HUH? ADDING MORE PROBLEMS LIKE JAIL IS NEVER GOING TO HELP THEM THATS JUST COMMON SENSE. YOU MAKE ME SICK AND THATS COMING FROM ONE WORKER TO ANOTHER.

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      • PTFloridians July 10th, 2020 at 8:29 am

        Your method of making your point is lost, with the CAPS on lock and all…
        …an overwhelming portion of “homeless” nationwide, are filthy, degenerate bums, that have chosen to live that way, because its the easy way out, and it personifies the “victim” role. There are more opportunities, more jobs, more programs, and more opportunities for “minorities” than ever before. If you “want” to work and support yourself, you can and will…it empowers you…don’t be another “victim” of all the wrongs in this world, rise above. Be strong and courageous.
        …no one is “judging” anyone, just simply observing behaviors, actions and deeds…it’s easy to see.

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        • Sick of it all July 10th, 2020 at 9:54 am

          Thank you, PTF. I was just giving an example of what I have seen the past 10 years in my town and how it sickens me. I also can’t stand the victim card that these people always have. I am the master of my fate and I am the captain of my soul.

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          • Anonymous July 10th, 2020 at 11:08 am

            If you get cancer or you and all your loved ones are in a tragic accident I bet you won’t be master of anything. Be careful, God works in mysterious ways. I mean you don’t even know what the word judgment means. You are name calling, I’m sorry to teach you this but that is judging. You’re not about understanding, or relating, you’re about making yourself be heard because it’s making you feel better about your own life sucking in some way because if it didn’t you wouldn’t be on here casting stones and being a hypocrite. Who’s playing the victim? Poor baby doesn’t like seeing people use their access card. Too bad. Get over it. If your sick and tired of it move. There’s 3 solutions to every problem, Accept it, change it, or leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it, (which you can’t) , if you can’t change it, leave it. So move or shut up.

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          • PTFloridians July 10th, 2020 at 11:22 am

            …your posts sound like this…”take my advice, I’m not using it.”

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          • Sick of it all July 10th, 2020 at 11:27 am

            I am not a victim and my life is actually pretty good, minus some aches and pains. I just am annoyed how this area has changed and it bothers me. People dont have the work ethic thatI do and I am supposed to feel sorry for them. Sorry, no sale

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        • Anonymous July 10th, 2020 at 10:49 am

          So are you saying that every person’s brain is wired the same way? The brain is a complex organ so the answer to that is no. I’m not going to say there are not people out there that aren’t lazy and take advantage but you are stereotyping. You are entitled to your opinion. I think a good thing for you to do is spend a few days with one of these people before you cast your judgement and YOUR opinion. Maybe you know someone and you therefore take it out on all of them idk but that’s the same as racism. One does you wrong and then they are all no good…. That’s not right. Obviously you are NOT A minority because you have not one clue what it’s like to be one around here. I can’t speak for anywhere else. I worked two jobs, I have a degree and yet I still need assistance at times. AND IM THINKING THAT IF MY CAPS BOTHERED YOU TO THE POINT YOU HAD TO POINT IT OUT, TO GIVE YOU A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE, ILL DO WHAT YOU DO. ASSUME AND JUDGE. SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE ANGER ISSUES. WHERES YOUR COMPASSION? I HOPE YOU DONT HAVE ANY PETS BECAUSE IF MY CAPS BOTHERED YOU, THEN A PET WOULD IRRITATE THE HELL OUT OF YOU. IM NOT GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH YOU ANYMORE SIR. ITS LIKE TALKING TO HITLER.

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          • Sick of it all July 10th, 2020 at 11:15 am

            I have been working for 30 years and I have a right to complain about the pathetic work ethic that I see in this county. I can not talk about racism because you minorities have found a loophole that if you criticize us, you are a racist so I will never talk about that because you have a hard time hearing the truth. Here is some advice, get a job, be a dad and stop committing crimes and you would respect the police the same way that I do.

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          • PTFloridians July 10th, 2020 at 2:15 pm

            …that’s what happens when people can’t have reasonable discourse and debate…they call you names, shout insults and run.
            The “take my ball and go home” type.

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