Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | December 3, 2008

Hobo Ethical Code

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I ran across the below posting on an RVing Internet site today. It kinda-sorta applies to the RVing lifestyle of today. Hope you enjoy it.
Jim
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Hobo ethical code

Tue Dec 2, 2008 6:28 am (PST)
Hobo ethical code
Note: I’m 75 and remember hobo’s of the 40’s & 50’s, they were men
that lived a hobo life by choice, many came from good families and
were not desperate for money, they chose the life they lived. It was
an honorable life style, as a full time RVer, there is no difference
between those hobo of olden days, and me, except the tin can I live
in.

An ethical code was created by Tourist Union #63 during its 1889
National Hobo Convention in St. Louis Missouri. This code was voted
upon as a concrete set of laws to govern the Nation-wide Hobo Body,
it reads this way;

Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to
be a gentleman at all times.
Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation,
locals or other hobos.
Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs
nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but
ensure employment should you return to that town again.
When no employment is available, make your own work by using your
added talents at crafts.
Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example
for locals treatment of other hobos. When jungling in town, respect
handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who
will need them as bad, if not worse than you.
Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.
If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.
Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.
When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal
chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad,
act like an extra crew member.
Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming
along who will need passage through that yard.
Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose to authorities
all molesters, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.
Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.
Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need
their help someday.

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