Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Hobo Ethical Code of 1889

During the Great Depression hundreds of thousands of people crossed the US looking for work and they developed 15 rules that many travellers still live by today. The Hobo Ethical Code was a standard of behaviour established at the Hobo National Convention of 1889.

The Hobo Ethical Code 
1. Decide your own life; don’t let another person run or rule you.
2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.
4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.
5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
More rules here 

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