There’s no denying that the homeless problem in this country is very real and getting worse and worse, but there’s a whole different dimension that none of us have probably even really thought about that has been uncovered by former soldier Ed Stafford in the Channel 4 programme ’60 Days On The Street’.
Ed is spending 60 days as a rough sleeper to try and learn more about the situation in this country and in tonight’s episode he travels to London, where he discovers that there are a whole bunch of ‘fake’ beggars who actually have homes but choose to beg for money instead of working as it nets them more cash. Darren tells Ed the following:
You get people who stand there and pray, old people give them money. ‘If you walk down here at a certain time there’s gonna be 10 or 11 people begging on one street, so you have to find what works for you.
If you get pound coins in your pot – take them out, otherwise people can take them,’ he advises Ed. ‘Then take your shoes off and wrap your sleeping bag round your feet, with a magazine – it’s about creating a picture for people.’
The most generous givers are those who’ve been to the pub who give you ‘silly money’.
The most I’ve had off one person is £600.
Alrite for some isn’t it? Not really sure what to make of that as it’s obviously pretty disgusting behaviour, but at the same time I guess you have to admire the guy for making more money from doing nothing rather than working some shitty job? It’s not a cool situation at all though, for anyone featured in the programme.
Obviously I hope that the homeless situation clears up and that this won’t be a problem for anyone in the future, but that really is wishful thinking isn’t it. So it goes.
For more of the same, check out this dickhead burning a £20 note in front of a homeless person. What an absolute tool.