With regard to the Eastern European homeless in Britain, there has indeed been quite a problem with this. I noticed that all of the usual Big Issue
sellers (a magazine that homeless people can sell on the street and make themselves legitimate income to explain to US members) had suddenly
disappeared and were replaced by Romanian Women (usually with young children) screaming in your face, not just trying to sell you the magazine, but
begging as well.
I would always buy a magazine from the Scottish sellers, who were always polite and friendly. If I could afford it, I would often pay more than the
value of the magazine, to give them a bit extra. One time I gave a seller my gloves because it was freezing and he could hardly use his hands, his
response was very humbling because he was so grateful for a pair of £1.99 gloves...
Suddenly though, like I said previously, all of the Scottish sellers just disappeared and not only did the Romanians appear in the places the Scots
had disappeared from but the turned up in just about every town centre in Scotland, screaming in your face, begging etc, I was quite perplexed,
although I hoped that all of the Scottish sellers had miraculously got themselves off the street, I knew that this was unlikely, I also couldn't
understand why people would move from their home country to be homeless in another..
Turns out it was a number of organised gangs who had come from Romania, used violence and threats to remove the indigenous sellers and take over their
patches. What was really eye opening..and I saw it for myself with one of the sellers in my home town (where normally there would be no sellers) was
that the Romanian woman was dropped off at her patch in a BMW!!!!!!
An investigation showed that none of these people were actually homeless and that the gangs were raking in thousands of pounds every week.and are even
now allowed to claim benefits because they have exploited a loophole in the system that by selling Big Issue they are technically self-employed...
Here's an article that gives more information about this (okay it's the Daily fail, but it is accurate)
Romanian Big Issue Sellers
So I can understand where other posters who are a bit fed up are coming from, we still have plenty of indigenous homeless people and I do believe that
they should have opportunities to better themselves before those who have chosen to move to the country simply to rip the benefits system.
ETA Here's a quote from the comments section of the article I just posted, although from another part of the UK it is saying exactly what I have just
said..No one has a problem with the homeless or wanting to help, but the current situation is getting out of hand
We used to have a really lovely man in bedford, who sold the Big Issue, his name was Devon. He was always polite, never pushy, nicely spoken, a
nice chap to pass the time of day with. He even got to know my son, from a baby to to a little boy, & we used to give him a little christmas present.
Well, overnight, he disappeared, to be replaced by a Romanian chap, who sometimes actually follows you down the street, and if you dont have the right
money, he actually keeps the change instead of offering it back to you! So, i no longer buy. - aly , bedford, 22/1/2012 08:38 Click to rate Rating
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edit on 25-5-2013 by destination now because: to add a quote from the comments section of
the article I posted