The Big Issue : Edition 557
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 9–22 MAR 2018 7 STREETSHEET MY DOG IS HOME! I have a little dog, a Maltese Shih tzu. He escaped from my yard the other night, and I was worried about him! I tried calling up the council, without much luck, but they told me they’d keep an eye out for him. I eventually got a call back from them, saying he’d been picked up by the pound, but because I live right on the border of two council zones they said I’d need to get in touch with the other council for details. I spent hours back and forth, calling the vet, the councils and the pound; eventually they let me know where he was. The pound he ended up in was about an hour’s drive from my place, but luckily my daughter lives nearby so she could collect him for me. I’m going to be paying off the vet and pound bills for a while, but it’s good to have my dog back home. I’ve been making sure he’s all safe and secure, and won’t be able to escape again! Brian sells the The Big Issue outside Queens Plaza, Brisbane. BEST COFFEE EVER On Saturday at Kings Cross Market a regular customer, after buying my magazine, said, “Could I buy you a coffee?” I said it’s too much bother. She said, “No I would like to. How do you like your coffee?” I said flat white with one sugar. This lady is 96 and uses a walking frame. I have never asked her name, as I think she is to the manor born and may regard such a direct question as rude. She lined up for 30 minutes and came back with my coffee. I was surprised that she did not have one. So, I asked, “You are not having a coffee?” “No,” she replied, “I have had my coffee Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Art is a great distraction from all your worries and that’s why I do it! Claire sells The Big Issue outside David Jones, Murray St, Perth. for the day.” I said, “I should pay you for the coffee.” “Don’t be silly,” she replied. “It is my treat.” Bob C sells The Big Issue in Kings Cross, Sydney. FRIENDS I HAVEN’T M ET... YET Well I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Donna and I can proudly say that I am a vendor of 35 years of age who has been working for The Big Issue for about nine months now. It makes me happy to be able to say that at least in some small way I can contribute to helping homeless and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. The reason for this is that I am able to relate and put myself in their shoes, for there was a time in my younger days where I was homeless for quite a few years and had to live on the streets. At times I was couch-surfing, but mostly I had to find shelter and warmth wherever I could. I wish back then I’d had some of the help that is available to people now. I’d also like to mention that in the short time I’ve been working at TBI I have managed to make some awesome friends. I’d also like to acknowledge the public. To me you strangers are just friends that I haven’t met yet. I’d like to thank all my customers that I have managed to build up, and this thank you stretches out to my regulars, my new customers, the one-off buyers, down to the people that may not even purchase a copy but still stop and say hi or give you a smile and acknowledge your work. I’ve even gotten used to the ones that think they have managed to get by unnoticed and walk past with no smile or no greeting and no indication that they even noticed me standing there. Now these are my favourites in some way, as they give me extra determination to one day being the one vendor who cracked them! Thanks to all the customers for their support and all the staff at TBI from the loud, bubbly, yet friendly and happy Donna! Donna sells The Big Issue at London Court, Myer Bridge and David Jones, Perth. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.