Not to kick -- or club -- a man while he's down, but William Loomis, a Boulder man who we wrote about earlier this week, sounds like a shmuck. According to a police report, a "preppy" looking Loomis was walking near the Boulder Theater last Sunday when a homeless man asked him for some change.
"No, there is no fucking change," Loomis answered.
"Fuck you, you're a privileged motherfucker," responded the homeless man, 31-year-old Timothy English.
"Bullshit," Loomis said. "I grew up on these streets, you motherfucker."
"Why don't you get a fucking job?" Loomis continued.
"Are you going to give me a job?" English asked.
"No," Loomis replied. "You'd have to take a fucking shower."
So, maybe Loomis didn't deserve what happened next. Police say English pulled a club out of his guitar case and hit Loomis over the head; the blow was a glancing one, however, and Loomis was treated and released from a local hospital.
Then again, witnesses told police that Mr. Preppy may have been asking for it. A street performer who'd been writing poetry nearby said he watched Loomis leave English and then come back to him three times. Another witness said that in the beginning, English actually tried to get away from the confrontation, but Loomis followed him.
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Yes, panhandlers are annoying, but is it really worth cussing one out?
English has since been charged with assault.
Loomis probably still doesn't have any change.