For months, the citizens of New Carlisle have been engaged in a debate over what should be done with a mentally ill, homeless man named Paul. Besides the great argument over whether addiction is a disease, no subject has rocked our little town of New Carlisle like this in years. Here, we’ve collected what YOU are saying about Paul.
Various reports about a homeless man acting inappropriately towards passersby have rolled in for awhile on the popular Facebook page “You Know You’re From New Carlisle If…” It didn’t take long for the man to be identified as Paul (last name redacted), a local who still has family in the area.
From there it’s difficult to parse what is factual and what is urban legend or outright falsehood. Many say Paul is a violent drug and alcohol addict who needs to be locked up. Others say he’s a kind man suffering from a debilitating mental health problem who would never hurt a fly. Still others suggest he is a violent drug and alcohol addict who would never hurt a fly, except if that fly were ignoring him, poking fun at him, or was a man. In any of those cases, according to that third group, Paul may become unhinged and attack.
Many have said Paul is on his best behavior at the New Carlisle pool. A Gofundme account was opened to purchase a pool pass and a season’s worth of concessions for the man. The money was raised quickly, but Paul has reportedly been kicked out of the pool multiple times since for acting out. First hand accounts have placed him at many different locations around town and Park Layne since, including one incident where he was apparently wearing a diaper and harassing shoppers near Dollar General.
Here’s a collection of the town’s thoughts via social media, our inbox, and face to face conversations.
Editor’s note: the following are direct quotes and some contain very vulgar language. All spelling a grammar errors are intact from the original comments. Parental discretion is advised.
What do YOU have to say about Paul?
JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE OR I WILL COME BACK UP THERE N LAY THE SMACKDOWN ON ALL YOUR KANDY ASSES…..
I think Paul isn’t mentally ill at all. I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and just enjoys getting the town’s panties in a bunch.
He needs off the street’s people can’t even take there kids to the pool or even walk down the street because of his crazy ass he has to go before he gets hurt he is fucking with the wrong people the Mexicans will kill his ass
Samantha June Lewis:
That’s my friend he’s a good man just a little troubled
I wish the pool would open 24 hours a day for him. Then he wouldn’t be a problem for anyone since he’s fine when he’s at the pool.
Two words: ANOTHER POOL PASS
This Situation in New Carlisle is NOT going to End Well !!!!! Mark my words,So sad!!!
He’s looking to get shot
On one hand, he deserves to get shot in the street like a damn rabid dog. On the other, maybe better access to a public pool could eliminate this problem completely.
Make Seven Upurs:
U feel threatened by him or something that bashing him gives u douche ba gs warm n fuzzy feelings, grow the Fuck up KIDS
I’ll tell you right now if he ever comes near my family and attempts anything or my girlfriend and I when we are out and about he will be sat down.
god i want to shoot him bad. i’ve always dreamed of shooting a guy
To be honest with you I buy him packs of water sandwiches from time to time hed just about a 1/2 bubble off plumb but he don’t seem that bad I don’t think He would hurt anybody lhe just need somebody to talk to I would rather see him around then all the heroin addict flat billed saggy Pants theaving ass thug wana br little boys around this town
I seen him assault a teenager for no reason in speedway and get arrested he is extremely dangerous
I know the pool pass idea didn’t work out as we hoped, so has anyone considered letting him use their private pool? I think Paul just needs a pool.
I respect the hell out of that young man the day he spoke to my wife and said hello and open the door for her at speedway, and he didn’t even go in. Super guy in my book and would do for him if he needed.
He’s gonna threaten the wrong person one day and this won’t be a discussion.
Carl Smith (separate message):
sure would like to shoot him. if not him then someone else for sure. i hope somebody looks at me weird or waves their hand toward me because i got some bullets in my gun that i need to be inside somebody’s body
Maybe someday the haters will need Paul’s assistance and then they will be thankful he was around.
Frederick Whaley (again):
Paul is an extreme danger to kids and teens I’ve seen attack and he shows his wiener to little kids. Not a good guy
Kathy Eidemiller Weber:
Paul may be a victim or mmental illlness but he is also mmmean lets normalize our views its never black or white
He’s not a bad guy for real. Just has some mental health issues. He won’t hurt you as long as you don’t threaten him.
He comes banging on my windows he’ll be going to the hospital anyway. That goes for anyone.
Dont talk about paul until u walk mile in his shoes how many u bring him food say kind word to him i see him every day give him little money so he can eat and when give him money he bys food with it so think twice before u talk about him that kood be u out there homless r. Kood be one youre love ones u woodnt like som one to talk about one youre love ones if thay was out there homless
He is going to flip out on the wrong person or bang on the wrong car and get shot. Then what….
Addiction is NOT a disease. Cancer is a disease. You don’t just choose one day to… wait, were we talking about addiction or Paul? Oh, Paul. Well Paul is a menace and if he threatens my family I’ll shoot him dead where he stands. I have a CCW and I know how to use my weapon.
Takes a real tough person to walk around town hopping that Paul threatens them so they can legally shoot him or run him over with a car.
Dude is lucky someone with a CCW hasn’t drawn down on him yet…..comes at me or my wife with anything that could be used as a weapon…..well lets just put it this way, swiss cheese
What if Paul was Mexican and his name was Pablo I bet you all would request to have his bean eating ass sent to jail and make him build the wall
The whole town needs to open carry. The chances of someone getting an opportunity to shoot him are much higher if everyone is on high alert and armed.
He Has bought candy at the pool and offered to kids…just offered
He bought a boy a bag if popcorn because the boy ssid he was hungry and he had No money…
He loves watching the kids playing at the pool
And not once has he been aggressive to any one!!
He is always a polite guy never no harm to anyone and I hate it when people say bad things about him or judge him
Occasions such as this is why I carry.
Look man if Paul was a hot chick I would let him crash at my place lol but since he’s a dude he’s gotta find his own place or a chick crazier than he is that’s looking for a little crazy lovin lol