Update on the homeless guy I mentioned yesterday, saw him selling magazines today in town while I was shopping so I went up to him and introduced myself and explained that myself and so many others would like to help him in any way we could, he explained that he doesn't really need anything as he already gets donations of physical items either from charities or random passers by, I was like okay fair enough (not my exact words i was a tad more eloquent than that😂) I then asked if he needed help with housing/shelter/accommodation as I was homeless with a dog once and had been through it all before, he explained that he is on a waiting list for housing however from experience I know he isn't likely to get a place with a dog even if it is from the council. Because he is a young, physically capable person of working age he is at the lowest priority for the council to house so it'd be realistic to expect a 1-3 year wait if not more and he would probably be asked to give up his dog in return for housing. I didn't tell him that because I didn't want to shit on possibly the only bit of hope he had. After I ran out of options to help him with we got to general chit chatting and he pointed out my face tattoo so we talked about that, we showed eachother our tattoos and just spoke about them for a while. I told him if he ever saw me in town to shout for me and we can go get a coffee or mcdonalds or something (im always game for a mcdonalds) he seemed really happy about that. He asked if I wanted to buy a magazine but I didn't have any cash on me so I went to the cash machine and gave him £10 for the magazine, it's definitely not worth £10 but while talking to him I just got the feeling that he was very kind and genuine so I thought why not. Normally I don't give money to people as you can usually tell they are either shady or going to use it on drugs/alcohol. It's the least I could do especially since everyone else was ignoring him as it was one of those really shitty magazines that no one wants
ANYWAY thank you to everyone that wanted to help him (his name is Mark btw i forgot to mention) but i cant force him to take things from us!