Take a look at this picture, do you know where it was taken? What are they waiting for? Was the photo taken at a bus stop?
No, this photo was taken outside Covent Garden at around 6pm on Thursday just gone, the day before the newest iPhone from Apple came out. Speaking with man in the checked shirt, he told me the new phone was due out at 8am the following day and so presumably the line would only get longer … and longer! (I would of gone back the following day to take a look again, but I wasn’t well enough.)
At this time, there were around 6-8 tents that people had erected to sleep in over night and this queue which stretched the width (and longer) of the front of the Covent Garden Apple Store. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a huge geek and love all things technological but the site frankly sickened me! Scores of people waiting to spend at least £600 of their money on a phone.
The very same evening, some of the Admin Team from Tree House met up for a Chinese meal. Food was great, company was even better, just the staff were the problem (which we may save for a future post.) The food was very tasty as I say and for 7 of us, the cost was just over £78. We were all well fed at just over £11 a head, a bargain. We had left over food and decided to pay for some boxes to take the food out with us. The purpose, for midnight munchies? No, to try and find a homeless person and give the food to them.
Just outside Leicester Square tube, we met Nigel, along with his dog. Here he is with Sarah, Paul and Sara:
Anyway, Nigel had left over spare ribs, lemon chicken, some rice and noodles and even some prawn crackers. (He must of thought all his Christmases had come at once!) We gave him the food and we made him and his dog very very happy!
This got me thinking about the messed up world we live in. People prepared to spend a fortune on “fluff and stuff”, stuff that will pass away in time and break and yet there are people like Nigel, who in one day, would be lucky to make even 1% of the cost of the phone (£6) and still have to buy food from their begged for money! Personally, I don’t agree with giving money to homeless people in case it fuels a habit that perhaps shouldn’t be fuelled but giving food and drink, this is the way to do it.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Nigel, this post is dedicated to you and certainly not the guys in Cupertino, California. As I said to you that night, “Go well – whatever you do, do it well!”