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Fri Aug 7, 2015, 07:34 PM

 

teens insult low income elderly man's rundown house within his earshot. volunteers mobilize

For four years, Josh Cyganik, a Union Pacific Railroad track inspector in Pendleton, Ore., waved to 75-year-old Leonard Bullock each morning on his way to work.


The two men never exchanged more than a friendly greeting, until Cyganik heard two obnoxious teenagers thoughtlessly insulting Bullock’s house within earshot of the elderly man.

“Look at this crappy house — they just need to burn it down!” the young cads said, reported Cyganik on Facebook.

“I saw the look on Leonard’s face,” Cyganik said in an interview published on the Union Pacific Railroad website. “I could tell the comment bothered him.”



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http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/community_ties/2015/august/josh-cyganik.shtml

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Reply teens insult low income elderly man's rundown house within his earshot. volunteers mobilize (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
Suich Aug 2015 #1
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #4
Ace Rothstein Aug 2015 #14
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #15
spooky3 Aug 2015 #38
Person 2713 Aug 2015 #27
roguevalley Aug 2015 #41
panader0 Aug 2015 #2
badhair77 Aug 2015 #3
tammywammy Aug 2015 #5
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #7
Skittles Aug 2015 #6
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #8
hootinholler Aug 2015 #33
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2015 #35
Ghost in the Machine Aug 2015 #9
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #12
love_katz Aug 2015 #10
BeanMusical Aug 2015 #11
logosoco Aug 2015 #13
Dem_in_Nebr. Aug 2015 #16
hifiguy Aug 2015 #17
Heather MC Aug 2015 #18
spooky3 Aug 2015 #37
Heather MC Aug 2015 #40
hamsterjill Aug 2015 #19
Snotcicles Aug 2015 #20
Lunabell Aug 2015 #21
Kip Humphrey Aug 2015 #22
Uncle Joe Aug 2015 #23
GitRDun Aug 2015 #24
Cyrano Aug 2015 #25
smirkymonkey Aug 2015 #26
niyad Aug 2015 #28
Tipperary Aug 2015 #29
Divernan Aug 2015 #30
PatrickforO Aug 2015 #31
turbinetree Aug 2015 #32
meow2u3 Aug 2015 #34
wolfie001 Aug 2015 #36
NBachers Aug 2015 #39

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 07:40 PM

1. What a great story!

I would have loved to see the 2 "obnoxious teenagers" help out.

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Response to Suich (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 07:52 PM

4. more work will be done on the house

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:58 PM

14. Looks like the house is in desperate need of a new roof.

Hopefully that is on the list.

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Response to Ace Rothstein (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 09:00 PM

15. yes. they are looking for a roof volunteer

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 03:52 PM

38. I'll bet there is work needed on the inside too. I hope

The community can help with that.

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Response to Suich (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:04 AM

27. Or their Parents

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Response to Suich (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 05:20 PM

41. I love Pendleton. Nice story this. Those kids actually did several people a good deed.

the wankers.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 07:47 PM

2. K and R

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 07:51 PM

3. Thanks for posting this.

I heard a similar story this morning so it's been a good day for renewing my faith in mankind.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:06 PM

5. Last night at a community group, the local code enforcement officer said

It'll be a few months, but he's working on getting a volunteer group together that will help out one Saturday a month the people with code issues. He even said, if someone is sick or whatever and are only getting their little Social Security checks, giving them a ticket doesn't help. So he's going to be looking for people that can mow lawns and litter pickup.

I look forward to doing trash pickup in the future.

This story is the same thing...be a good neighbor, help people out.


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Response to tammywammy (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:19 PM

7. great idea

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:09 PM

6. anyone else swooning over Josh?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:29 PM

8. he is a cutie

 

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 01:10 PM

33. Ya gonna

kick their ass?



The worst fight between female combatants I've ever seen began after the scream HE'S MINE!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 03:30 PM

35. He is definitely a good guy. nt

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:31 PM

9. K&R! Thanks for posting this story, Liberal_in_LA. Stories like these help me keep my faith in the

random acts of human kindness. Like others, I wish that the 2 teenagers had volunteered also but they were probably too busy kicking a stray dog or sitting on their asses playing video games.

As for Josh... I salute you, sir! YOU are one of the people who are part of the solution, instead of the problem. Your actions prove to the world that you are a true MAN OF ACTION & DEDICATION to your fellow human beings. THANK YOU for being a shining star among all of the "black holes" of the Human Race!

Has anyone set up a gofundme account for Mr. Bullock yet, that anyone knows of?

Peace,

Ghost

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:45 PM

12. not sure about gofundme but more free renovations are planned for the house

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:32 PM

10. I love stories like this.

Too often people rush to judgement of others, without bothering to check on the facts. Not everyone has the same amount of time, money, and energy available to them. Huge kudos to Josh for caring for the older man's feelings, and even more kudos for actually helping out. I love the picture of them standing together.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:39 PM

11. That's so heartwarming!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 08:52 PM

13. It's great to see people helping like this.

For some time, I have had the idea that, instead of putting people in prison for non-violent crimes, they can do work like this. It serves society so much better. This is true community service. It helps this one man, and it helps them all.

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Response to logosoco (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 09:18 PM

16. But but but

That would take away money from the private prison sector!!

(In case someone really needs it)

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Response to logosoco (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 09:19 PM

17. But, but, that would cut into the profits

 

of those outstanding examples of 'murkan capitalist initiative, the owners of the for-profit prison/industrial complex. You got something against free enterprise, Lenin?How dare you suggest something do obviously Communist?!? Profits over people!!!

I keed, obviously, and it's a great idea, but you can hear it now.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 09:57 PM

18. My Father's House fell into to disarray

It is not easy to bring an old house back to life on a limited budget. I did the best I could to fix up the inside one year.
hanging dry wall, patching holes, cleaning. It was not easy.

Nice to know people care

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #18)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 03:52 PM

37. Good on you. Home maintenance and repairs are

Expensive and sometimes too difficult physically for some people to do.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #37)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 04:19 PM

40. I am a DIYer, I saved $10,000 remodeling my own kitchen, and Bathroom

My father's house was way more work than I anticipated. He had 10ft high ceilings, the rooms were 14x14x 10ft When I was I kid it always seemed like such a Tiny house, but once I got in there and started working I was like "Oh ok so this is house is huge. Yikes"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 10:28 PM

19. Stories like this restore my faith in humanity.

Kudos to the volunteers. To the insensitive teens, just wait until you aren't young any more. Then, it might be your turn.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 10:39 PM

20. Bernie Sanders should give a shout out to Josh Cyganik and Leonard Bullock in Portland on Sunday. nt

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 08:46 AM

21. Thank you for posting.

It's great to have a positive story every once in a while!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 09:07 AM

22. Good people are awesome!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 09:37 AM

23. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Liberal_in_LA.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 10:37 AM

24. Awesome post!

Thank you!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 10:41 AM

25. There's really is a lot of goodness in this world

TV and print journalists, including pundits, have to cover the "news" which almost by definition is always bad. There's a rule in journalism: "If it bleeds, it leads." And that rule shows us an ugly and dangerous world.

That tends to make us all pretty cynical and we end up holding little hope for the human species. Stories like this one are encouraging. And I'll bet that the people who worked on Mr. Bullock's house held a variety of conflicting views on politics, religions, etc. Nonetheless, they came together to do something good and noble.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 10:51 AM

26. Great story! So heartwarming!

There are truly kind people out there. I would love to hear more of these kinds of stories.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:35 AM

28. thank you for brightening my day with these lovely people.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:39 AM

29. Thanks for posting this!

 

Smile of the day!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:58 AM

30. What a great group of generous, kind, non-1%, folks.

The world needs a lot more of them, and a lot less of the "I've got mine and I'm getting as much more as I can grift, so screw the rest of mankind."

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 12:08 PM

31. Josh is a genuinely good man.

And this was a fine thing to do.
This is the DU member formerly known as PatrickforO.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 12:48 PM

32. A compassionte........................

human being helping another human being-------------------this says a lot



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 02:15 PM

34. K & R for human kindness

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 03:36 PM

36. More of this please!

Everyone can and should make a difference in their own special way! Very touching!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 04:13 PM

39. Nice cap, Josh, + the Union Pacific truck in the bottom picture: Good on Union Pacific

for being generous with their equipment, too.

This could also be an excellent use for the thousands of gallons of mis-tinted paint that are thrown out each year.

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