Tuesday, January 17, 2006

How 'bout it guv?

I am becoming quite adept in dodging charity collectors and Big Issue sellers. There's one I pass on the way to the supermarket who can be quite abusive if you don't stop and I've learnt to recognise him from a distance.

I thought I'd heard it all until a guy ran up to me waving the Big Issue this evening:

'Hallo guv! I'd try and extol the virtues of the current Big Issue but it's dire. There's absolutely nothing in there worth reading. Absolute rubbish. So how about putting in an Oscar winning performance (produces an Oscar) and just making a donation?'


housenegro said...

Ay, you've got to teach me some of your tricks. Believe it or not, the 'city' part of Canberra is quickly turning into humanitarian hawkersville!

joe said...

I used to smile, say sorry and keep walking but that establishes too much of a rapport and the charity collectors are trained to say, 'don't say sorry! I just want to talk to you!'.

I feel more guilt about the Big Issue sellers. Best thing is to imagine that if you'd bought it at the first chance you had then you wouldn't be able to buy it from this person anyway.