The Big Issue : Edition 572
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 5–18 OCT 2018 7 STREETSHEET FOR BETTER OR WORSE The thing that I have noticed (and this is coming from both Church and other forms of society), is that most people tend to find it better to just shove their problems under the carpet and say, “let God deal with it”. This is not how things should be handled. The better way to deal with it is to be up- front, and not to deal in a brainless manner, but a tactful manner revolving around kind and mindful honesty. Then things would not be so out of whack in the world and there would not have been any reason to bear arms. It’s alright to have them, but not to intimidate by using them; all that does is get others showing us theirs and that surely is the quickest way to getting nothing done. Thank you for your time. Anthony N sells The Big Issue at O’Connell St, North Adelaide. SAME QUESTION One day while I was selling The Big Issue at a pitch near the Apple store in Perth CBD, a mother with her daughter approached me. “How about your story?” she asked, after she saw that I am not a native speaker of English. Long story short, I told her what happened to me. Then she expressed a question that migrants or refugees probably have heard once or more in a lifetime when they migrated to Australia: “Why don’t you go back to where you come from?” With confidence and a smile, I replied: “I didn’t do anything wrong with my marriage and I have the right to choose where to live!” Finally, the mother ended up with a smile. She bought the magazine then I said, “Thank you. Have a nice day!” Pat sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends I would like to thank my buyers and the people who stop to say hi. The people of Burleigh have been so welcoming. I am not always 100 per cent well, but when I am well, I am at work. Big thanks to The Big Issue staff for suffering me! A lovely customer did this drawing of me. Mark L sells The Big Issue on cnr James and Connor Sts, Burleigh Heads, Qld. GOING THE EXTRA YARD TO HELP OTHERS So after speaking to this guy online yesterday, turns out he could do with a helping hand – but also he had a friend who had nothing. I found out his sizes, and last night dropped off a suitcase of clothes, some dry food and toiletries as well as a couple of sleeping bags. This guy had just finished a 14-hour day selling The Big Issue and instead of finding somewhere to sleep or rest close to midnight, I got a message from him saying he was going back to the city to give the clothes to his friend and sort out someone else. He said he gave a sleeping bag to another guy who had nothing and he is giving his mate the clothes. There’s good in everyone. Some people have just had a harder road than others. Do what you can for others, as in this case. A big thank you goes out to Scott Middleton from Leg Up Services, for his services helping the homeless and needy. Trev D sells The Big Issue outside Topshop QVB, Sydney. EDDIE FOR PM If I was PM for a day I would dissolve parliament and call for a new election. I would make sure there was plenty of money for the homeless and also make sure our war veterans are looked after. Eddie sells The Big Issue at Kelvin Grove Markets, Brisbane. NICE TO SEE YOU Just a letter to let my readers know: it’s nice to see you every day. I had 10 years of no work but now I sell The Big Issue. I have a home in Chippendale which I painted recently. It is a pleasure to sell you magazines and I greatly appreciate it. Lee W sells The Big Issue outside Coles, North Sydney. CYCLONE I veer in to sin blind I accepted the bark There is part of me left behind Conrad sells The Big Issue on Bridge Rd, Richmond, Melbourne. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.