I popped into Greggs bakery TBR last week and the police were quizzing him outside.The sentiments of the locals inside being "abaht time n'all" a chap in the queue confirmed his slot machine habit as described.
I have encountered that boy several times, both weekdays and weekends. He's either hanging around outside the new tesco, barclays cash machine or the bus stop. It's a shame that he's using the money for slot machines as I did contemplate giving him some money. Now that I know, don't think I will.
He seems very young and it's sad to see him wasting his life like this.
I don't think the fact that he's spending the money on slot machines automatically means one shouldn't feel sorry for him - if he has learning difficulties it may be an indication that he's actually pretty vulnerable and needs support. You'd hope the police who questioned him would be competent to decide whether or not they ought to contact social services but I doubt if that's necessarily the case. So perhaps BenC's suggestion is a good one?
Nice one Ben! I too wanted to make contact with either the local PCSO or Social services. It is a shame cos he does clearly need help but I am not sure where or who to turn to. Its bad enough if he is doing this to feed an addiction but for gambling this could escalate to something bigger possibly. To try and at least bring to the attention of someone might help. Lets see what happens.
The Chinese lad seems to work the bus stops. I previously saw him at the bus top by Aldi on the Old Kent Road, but only last week saw him at the bus stop opposite Metro Central Heights. He is polite, and reasonably well-dressed, which ironically seems to mean that folks are more inlcined to give him money. That's interesting that he appears to have a fruit machine habit, because it did strike me as culturally unusual that a Chinese guy was begging for money.