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I know I am, but this Big Issue seller is trying to sell to the public and I won't go near him even though I want to buy one because....

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GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 20:14:50

...he has an enormous rottweiler. That was the reason I haven't been near him to buy one before.

Today I saw him and he had a rottweiler and...a doberman.

And yes, I know companion dogs can be hugely important if you are homeless and that's why I know I'm being unreasonable.

But so many people must give him a wide berth and not buy from him because of his dogs. I;ve seen him walk through the shopping centre without a the rotty on a lead.

nellynaemates Sat 12-Sep-09 20:17:33

Why don't you approach him and tell him that you're a little bit scared of his dogs but you'd really like to buy the Big Issue? Strike up a conversation, ask him what they're like, if he can keep them on a lead while he's selling.

If you really want to buy it that much do it. If the dogs are an issue speak to him. If actually you really aren't bothered enough about buying it to do something about it then just get on with your life and stop thinking about it!!

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 20:19:54

I won't approach him because I'm scared of his dogs - like it says in the title!

Fluffypoms Sat 12-Sep-09 20:35:29

buy one elsewhere!

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 20:40:10

I would, but he's the only Big Issue seller I've ever seen in town.

Hassled Sat 12-Sep-09 20:42:26

Call the local Big Issue office and explain your problem. You can't be the only person he's putting off - he's not doing himself any favours. YANBU.

alwayslookingforanswers Sat 12-Sep-09 20:45:32

ermm GirlsAloud - it doesn't say you're scared of his dogs in the title smile

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 20:49:41

No, you're right. It says I won't go near him because he has a massive rottweiler.

I guess it could mean I won't go near him because he has a massive rottweiler and I'm scared it's going to tickle me to death grin

preciouslillywhite Sat 12-Sep-09 20:55:34

I hart dogs. I'd always give a BI vendor an extra quid if he'd got a I'm not the only one.Also it gives you something to chat about beyond the "God bless, love" sort of platitutes sad

mummytotwins Sat 12-Sep-09 21:13:06

So what do you want him to do with his dog then? surely if he is homeless he has nowhere to leave it!?!?!

If he is able to walk his dog through a town centre not on a lead then I would say that his dog is well behaved and well trained, he would not risk his dog/job if he didnt trust it around strangers. Some people give rotties a bad name, some of them can be incredibly loving and gentle and I bet his is by the sound of it.

Buy off him, tell him your scared of his dog and I bet he tells you what a softie it is etc but will keep it away from you.


GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:16:08

No sodding way.

No way am I wheeling my toddler's head level with his rottie so I can buy a Big Issue.

I have a dog myself and come across lots of dogs when I walk DD but I give them a massive wide berth if I don't know them. No way would I wheel her right up to some strange dog.

hanaboo Sat 12-Sep-09 21:22:49

yabu and slightly difficult now lol ;)
i do understand that u don't wanna go near the big rotty but is the big issue THAT important to u? i mean, do u REALLY want one? if u do then do as hassled suggested and call the big issue office...

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:24:53

Difficult now? Why now? Why not from the beginning? Nothing's changed. I don't want to go near his big dog(s) so I don't.


mummytotwins Sat 12-Sep-09 21:28:24

why call the big issue office though? what harm is he doing? if people dont want to buy off him because of his dog the only person he is hurting is himself!!!

leave him alone, if you dont want to wheel your DD up to him - dont, if you dont want to go near his dog - dont. If you want to support the homeless donate money in a different way.

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:29:38

That's a good point mummytt, I wonder if BI have a website you can donate to or something else.

preciouslillywhite Sat 12-Sep-09 21:39:01

Why don't you just chuck him the money from a distance and get him to throw you a mag back?? avoid any misunderstanding make sure you make it clear first that you don't want the dog to deliver it to you in its dripping rabid jaws wink

limonchik Sat 12-Sep-09 21:40:49

I you don't want to go near the dog then don't. Not sure what the issue is really. The dog might put lots of people off but it's up to him really.

scottishmummy Sat 12-Sep-09 21:47:49

struggle to grasp the problemo.his choice to have dog.your choice whether or not to buy

you find his dog buy from someone else?you presume other are giving "a wide berth" maybe not

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:48:02

I can't really throw that far - the dog isn't on a lead so I'm not really likely to go and start shouting and throwing things at his owner.

But good suggestion, thanks hmm

scottishmummy Sat 12-Sep-09 21:49:35

you are making a meal out of dont he only issue seller in town

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:50:29

Yes, he is the only Big Issue seller in town. I said that earlier.

mummiesnet Sat 12-Sep-09 21:51:16

YANBU but I wouldn't worry about him because if he has enough money to feed two bloody great dogs and not worry about scaring off business then he probably doesn't need your money anyway.

scottishmummy Sat 12-Sep-09 21:55:32

his choice to have dog.your choice to buy or not

GirlsAreLOud Sat 12-Sep-09 21:58:36

You've said that SM, now don't make any more of a meal of it wink

scottishmummy Sat 12-Sep-09 22:01:23

what is your beef?donate to BI online,no doggies on internet

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