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Psychedelic Bergie



Begging on the side of the road is a kak way to scrape some money together, but flashing a rad psychedelic sign that makes being “destitute” look like it’s a gay-lifestyle choice, is a brilliant way to get attention and display your heritage as a son of the 60s. I’d give this guy the R10.


If the medium is the message then this guy isn’t going to get much cash off his latest sign. Making DESTITUTE look like a club night hosted by a Die Antwoord side project is probably not the best way to inspire people to hand over small change, unless of course you’re going for the valuable design students from DUT market.

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  1. Lisa Bee says:

    i know this dude……every morning he sits on berea road drinking a bottle of something in a brown paper packet. now you know where your R10 is going to.

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  2. Lungi says:

    Why is the guy given R10.00 if he’s misusing the money?

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  3. snapper says:

    if i had to stand on the road begging all day I’d also be drinking before work.

    i often give this guy change because i enjoy his attitude – he doesnt simper or try to play on your pity or guilt. he smiles whether or not you give him anything and he adds some colour to my day.

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  4. snapper says:

    although i personally prefer the glitter dolphins

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  5. Lisa Bee says:

    He smiles because he has been drinking all day. There are orphanages or homeless shelters who could use that R10 on something more developmental and significant than a bottle of cane.

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  6. snapper says:

    buddha and a devotee were walking along the beach when they came across hundreds of washed up star fish. as they walked, buddha picked up one and threw it back into the ocean. the devotee asked, considering the many hundreds left dying on the beach, what difference does it make? buddha replied: it makes a difference to that one.

    i always find it interesting how we all pay lip service to bowing out of the cycle of material-lust and ambition, but still look down on people who find happiness in simple things. maybe a morning buzz doesn’t do it for you, but it obviously works for him.

    ps please show me an organisation who can make someone happy for a day on r10

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  7. doxology says:

    maybe you can give without the drunk buzz, you know there are other things that make homeless people happy. food. clothes. its crazy throwing food away. money is not everything.

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  8. arnaud says:

    My heart goes out to this man. Someone get him some more paint and board and brushes and a nice coat for winter.

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  9. dominique guest says:

    i see this guy almost everyday on th sam road…and i think he’s awesme…alwys give hiim spare cash if ic an!!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    put yourself in this situation, i’d drink the pain away too

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  11. Titko says:

    And when COP17 gives us nothing, then what? If so many pelope are being reached wyare we in the same place?We need caps on greenhouse gases that do not strip indigenous and poor pelope of their cultures, traditions and livelihoods and give them local control of their forests. No REDD mechanism will accomplish what needs to be done now. It needs to be taxed at the source to spur transition, sustainability and responsibility. We need caps that are offset by sustainable agricultural practices, reforestation, agroecology, CO2 sequestration in soil that can remove up to 40% of emissions from our atmosphere and to preserve biodiversity plus a massive move to renewable energy sources.There are currently more developing nations doing this than rich ones. Where the hell is their moral center? Do they have one? Obviously not. We need to hold polluters accountable through a revenue neutral carbon tax and or the financial markets to a financial transaction tax (and yes again I know try passing that here) that makes up for them using our commons as a sewer and use those funds to bring about the energy transition necessary to stave off catastrophe. We need all countries to participate in this, even if those binding caps are tied to their GDP instead of the same across the board or even if developing nations that do not only participate in sequestration and reforestation. Those countries that are not polluting but experiencing the effects more pronounced should not have to pay the same as the large polluters! However, those countries like the U.S. and now China which has surpassed the U.S. emissions wise (and yes I know that in part is due to them manufacturing the crap we buy here) should stop acting like children and playing politics and be responsible for what they have and continue to put up in the atmosphere. Personally, I think the retiscense doesn’t just stem from politics or ideology, but from the fact that so many cannot admit their own culpability in this. Well, the Arctic isn’t going to wait for you any longer and pelope are dying now.How will these presentations secure that now?

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