Friday 22 April 2011

When did beggars start getting iPhones?

My place of work is in one of those areas of the CBD where we get a lot of homeless people and beggars. I know all the regulars in our area, which is why I spotted a new pair yesterday squatting on a street corner. One looked about 19 - shiny tracksuit, flash trainers and probably a bad meth habit; he had that utterly ravaged look. The other looked about 60 and was probably 40. He had the old style "pickled brain" look.

They had the begging hat out, and the usual sign. As I waited for the light to change to cross the road, the young fella pulled out an iPhone and started chatting to someone.

It's interesting how we view poverty these days.

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