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Tourists use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, snack


KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit’s board members.

Tourists in Ketchikan often stop by looking for a restroom, and some decide to stay longer, First City Homeless Services chairwoman Evelyn Erbele told the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

“If we have a snack, they’ll take the snack and they’ll sit there and watch TV,’’ Erbele said. “It’s called ‘audacity,’ isn’t it?’’

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