I had an interesting experience yesterday with a church member yesterday. I work about a half a block from a Christian Church. A co-worker was going out for a smoke break and I went along to shoot the breeze and to get something I had left in my car. My co-worker began having a conversation with a guy from the church a minute or two before I was able to join them. The church guy was explaining how they received funds and food to help feed the homeless. Apparently someone counts the number of plates used for meals (or at least claimed are used for meals). The number he gave was168 plates. He then explained that really only about 60 are really used and âeveryoneâ does it and they are helping people so âwhy does it matter?â My co-worker buddy then asked him if there were really 60 homeless people that ate there. He said no, there were probably 15 or 20 regulars but the rest were just lower income folks taking advantage of the food. Then get this. He offers a lunch for me and my co-worker right then and there. We declined saying that we couldnât take food from more needy people. He responded with âhey believe meâŠ.they eat better than you do!â My co-worker friend and I wondered how flawed the homeless stats are that are used to get funding from tax payers. In this case 168 homeless are counted but there were actually only 15 to 20. I know thereâs lots of red meat for partisans to chew on here whether you want to cry about government waste or corrupt churches but that was not the point of this. I just wonder how widespread this type of âaccountingâ is.