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A Big Issue

Discussion in 'off topic' started by wyjsar, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

    We could have done, and can do, a bit more.
    I went to the office in London on Monday - didn't really need to but wanted to have a drink with a good friend before she'd be out of my sight for a few months. Before she turned up I was having a smoke in the alleyway outside the pub and a homeless guy came up. I gave him a fiver. Halfway to a bed for the night. He said forty quid would secure him a week.
    Not enough from me.
    This Saturday - went to Waitrose. There's a Big Issue seller there and I normally don't buy the Big Issue. But I gave her a tenner. I could have given her more. I didn't. Then on Saturday evening I saw an article saying that to keep them protected from coronavirus the Big Issue would move online only. Funds would be distributed on to sellers. So, I won't see her next week for another tenner or twenty or whatever I can spare. I think people buy it when they see it, or when (like me) they feel guilty that we could do a bit more. It needs visibility. It needs sellers. So - the Big Issue is going to be a bit more invisible from now on. Poverty won't be invisible. I'll be setting up a direct debit...
    cctaylor, ks.234, Roger Adams and 3 others like this.

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