Bell ringer ordered out of shelter

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A homeless man who thought he was doing a good dead by ringing a bell beside a Salvation Army kettle has been kicked out of the Vermont shelter he had been living in since May.

Officials at the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre ordered Paul Tucker to move out by Saturday. They feel Tucker should be spending more time looking for a place to live or looking for a job rather than collecting money for the poor and needy.

A shelter official also says Tucker has overstayed his welcome. The average guest stays at the facility for 29 days, while Tucker has been there since May.

For his part, Tucker says he's not mad at shelter officials, he also doesn't feel "it's quite right."

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