February 2017: Wes stashes his bags at a location near a church, but a few hours later, his bags are found by a maintenance worker, and he is asked to no longer use that place to hide his belongings.
“I’ve got two whole sacks, I've got a backpack, and I got another backpack that keeps my sleeping bag in it so I'm basically carrying three bags, which at any given time probably would weigh at least 50 pounds, which is okay, I gotta work out somehow. But, like, if I need to go in a store, I can't take that in with me. If I need to go in and get some food, or whatever, I can't so I need to try and find places around town where I can stash my bags for a little while anyways, and it always makes me nervous. I will do it and it's been okay, all right, except for a time or two. I've actually had my stuff stolen in the past. So I'm very leery. I want to keep it with me but you can't and you can't just stick it around the corner of the store and walk in. It's just really difficult.”
“I had my bag stolen one time - it had my insulin and syringes in it. I had to be admitted to the hospital for two weeks.” I'm gonna tell a story. I stashed my stuff to go to the store because I can't carry it in with me. This person noticed it and immediately ... and she's supposedly Christian - she immediately was like going, is that your stuff? I'd been gone a half an hour and that's all it takes. She said you can't put your stuff in there. We don't allow people to sleep in there. And I'm like, ma'am, I have never slept in there. She was like, okay, all right. Just don't ever do it again, blah blah blah. I don't know, that was really Christian like, wasn’t it?” In Springfield, Missouri, they used to have a day shelter with lockers. It didn't cost you anything. You could wash your clothes in there. Didn't cost you anything. You had to wait in line, and it wasn't the best in the world but still, you could store your extra stuff there.”