If your out-of-town nephew Jimmy showed up unannounced at the door, and said "Please let me stay at your house for a few days," you wouldn't mind helping out.
But the days turned into weeks, and Jimmy is still in the basement. It's smelling pretty bad down there and there are pizza boxes and beer cans everywhere, and he hasn't even looked for a job. You've been giving him some money, but he just buys beer, pizza and marijuana. He just lays around all day, won't take a shower, and has taken to rooting through the neighbor's trash and bringing things home.
You've been cleaning up down there a bit, but after a few months, there's more trash than ever. He's not looking for a job and still asks for money. His jobless friends from the street corner have been staying down there too, making even more mess. Now it really stinks and there are flies and opened bags of the neighbor's garbage in the backyard.
How long do you put up with this situation? Do you keep giving Jimmy money and food, and keep cleaning up after him?
— Suzi Jenkins
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