The First City Homeless Services shelter provides free coffee and some food to the local homeless. Earlier this week, the shelter’s chairwoman, Evelyn Erbele, told the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly that cruise ship passengers are sometimes stopping by to use the bathroom in the facility, and then staying to have coffee, eat a snack, and watch TV.
The shelter’s manager, Chris Alvarado, stated that he understands why tourists may come to the shelter. The shelter is open starting at 8 AM, when some local stores are still closed. Therefore, cruise ship passengers may not have much to do, and need something to pass their time.
Add this one to the list of “who would do that???” traveler stories.