Just had to post about Emily.
Emily is a Jamaican woman in her mid 80s who sells the Big Issue at London Bridge Station (when she's not being harassed by London Transport staff). She lives in a hostel and I've known her for many years throughout all her attempts to sort out her passport (and life) and get back to Jamaica where she has a small house in Kingston.
Anyway, today I stopped and chatted as always, but had to apologise for not having enough money to buy a copy of the Issue. As usual, she tried to persuade me to take one anyway and - as usual - I refused. (I'm presuming everyone knows vendors have to buy their own copies to sell.)
This time she got cross with me and insisted. I didn't want to offend her so accepted but dug out all the coins I had and gave them to her. As I turned to walk away - blimey she moved fast for a woman her age - her hand snaked out and she shoved the coins back into my carrier bag!
The next person I hear slagging off Big Issue vendors is so going to get it from me ...