Oftentimes, when visiting my local mini-supermarket, there will be a certain gentleman standing outside, selling the ‘Big Issue’. For those that don’t know,. the BI is a low rent magazine that is written by and in support of, homeless people. Instead of begging, they sell copies of the magazine for a profit, prices set across the board. They buy for 75p and sell for 150p. The ‘magazine’ isn’t worth Â£1.50p but we all know it’s for a worthy cause so some people (like me) will support the person selling the mag, because:
A) They are homeless
B) They are actually making some effort
Now instead of money, I often buy the homeless guy a sandwich, an apple and a bottle of water, seeing as I’m in a supermarket and I don’t want to encourage any possible substance abuse issues.
I’ve done this about 6 times in the last few months and would do it more often but the guy isn’t always there.
HOWEVER, my fiancee and me went to pick up her new second-hand car from down the road, the other day. As we pullinto the compound of the traders establishment, who should be driving out, in a big (though not expensive) car? The aforementioned ‘homeles’ guy.
“I recognise him from my local supermarket as a beggar/big issues salesman!” I said.
“Really? We know him as ‘the camel rider’ and he’s a motor trader. Buys a lot of cars from us he does.”
So now I feel a bit cheated. On the one hand, the guy is obviously making a living for himself, so fair play to him for that.
On the other hand, I certainly wouldn’t have gifted him with food, if I had known he was a motor trader!
I saw him today, as the market and said “So, I hear you are a car trader then.”
“Oh Yes!” he said with a big, shiteating grin.
“Well I won’t be buying you and more food then, you cheeky sod!” I said, but with a smile.
Now I don’t feel any animosity towards the guy as such, but I do feel deceived. And a little disappointed that my gift of sustenance was not given to a genuinely starving or homeless person.
Actually, I’m a little unsure how to feel about this. Obviously I don’t require anyone to tell me how to feel, but I would like to know your thoughts and opinions, so that I may quantify and come to terms with this type of deception.
So what say you T-Nation massif?