Sunday night, as I entered the area to check-in, an older black womanentered right behind me. The male staff member behind the counter yelled atthe woman,"You're late for check-in, you have to sleep outside tonight!"The woman walked out. I wondered why he let me in as she walked in rightbehind me.He asked me if I had been there before. I told him no. He asked for my name.I made one up. He asked me for my phone number. I thought that was odd soI made one up. He told me to wait outside.I went out with the other ladies and children and a few minutes later he cameout. He told me that the phone number I gave him did not work.I told him it was dead and I needed to charge it.He said, "Okay, well here is my number. Call me and we can hook up later tonight."Did I just get propositioned by a staff member? I was infuriated but did notwant to break my cover.I answered, "Nah, man, I just need some food and some sleep.""You don't want to sleep in there. It's dangerous. You can come sleep at myplace. We can stop at McDonald's."Seriously, a staff member - a person with some authority - was propositioningme - no, better yet, PREYING on a woman he KNOWS is in a vulnerablesituation. A woman comes to The Shelter to escape the insecurity of thestreets, not to be thrown to the wolves. Now I know why he let me stay andkicked the older woman out. He didn't want to get in her pants.I wanted to stall him so I asked for a drink of water. He came back with hisown half-drank bottled water for me.He propositioned me again. He said, "It's not safe in there for women. You arebetter off coming home with me. I get off at 11:45. Just meet me in thatparking lot over there."I wanted him to leave me alone so I told him I would go with him later.