My wife and I came upon this chap passing a car dealership on Cannon Street East in the Beasley area at around 12:30AM. Barely able to make his way down the sidewalk on his own, he was clearly polluted. He was practically waiting to be victimized by someone unscrupulous.
In Canada, alcohol control, sale and use laws are set at the provincial level. Public intoxication is illegal in Ontario but frequently conducted unopposed by the young and old alike. There just aren’t enough police to control this problem. In Hamilton neighbourhoods like Beasley, it’s unfortunately somewhat common to see someone bombed on the streets.
Just the night before we saw this guy, we saw a different character falling off of his bicycle at the intersection of Cannon East and Victoria Ave North in the adjacent Landsdale area, at approximately the same time of the morning. We asked if he was alright as he awkwardly got himself back to his feet. A few seconds after realizing what we had asked him, he gave us the thumbs up.