How did I end up selling newspapers?

@Asylum (48224)
Manchester, England
December 7, 2015 8:29am CST
Most days I take a quick trip into the city centre to break up the day. A friend of mine has been selling the Manchester Evening News from a stand for many years now, so I often wander round and have a chat with him. Today I arrived, along with a cup of coffee for him, only to have him say that he needed to go to the toilet in the Arndale Centre. Of course I could not refuse to help and leave him standing there and unable to leave the stand, so I had little option but to agree to watch the place in his absence. I never expected to end up selling newspapers from a stand, but fortunately it was not busy in his absence.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
Now I understand your title, for a moment I thought you were tired to be a retiree.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
Oh no Anna, I am a long way from being bored with retirement. By the way, did you get that new hat as an early Christmas present?
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
@Asylum No the hat is the same I used last year on Bubb. I recycle.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Is your husband so mean that you have to make do with old recycled clothes from Bubblews?
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
7 Dec 15
Well it is about time you found gainful employement!! You have been enjoying retirement way too much lol
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
I may be overdue to do a little bit of work, but I would not have expected it to be selling newspapers.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@Asylum Having worked in the circulation department at a newspaper I am very familiar with the process and have sold a few myself over the counter!!
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
@BelleStarr The Manchester Evening News is free two days per week, so on those days he could have just left the stand unattended. Of course he has to pick a day that they cost 70 pence and con me into it.
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@Inlemay (16819)
• South Africa
8 Dec 15
thats cool - you got to walk or stand in his shoes for a few minutes - i love that kind of thing
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
I have done many silly jobs in my life, but this must be the silliest.
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@Inlemay (16819)
• South Africa
8 Dec 15
@Asylum sometimes it humbles us to do those silly things in life. unexpected but just think if your DAY job doesnt pan out, you can always sell newspapers - you have experience!!
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
@Inlemay I do not have a day job because I retired some 18 months ago.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
8 Dec 15
Looks like you can meet a lot of people like this. But also not such an easy job. when it's cold you watn a lot of warm liquid to drink. In this condition it can be very hard to find a person to take your place. Good you were there in time to help him ut.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
I know how bitterly cold it can be sometimes for a person doing that job. I call at Gregg's to buy a coffee quite often and usually buy two so that I can take one to Mark.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
8 Dec 15
@Asylum That is so nice of you. I am so sure he enjoys this so much.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
@poehere I feel it is the natural thing to do. I cannot ignore a friend who is stood in the winter air all day long.
• United States
7 Dec 15
I often wondered what people did when they worked alone, but needed to visit the loo. Now I know.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
Yes, they look out for someone gullible like myself who will stand in for them for a while.
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• United States
8 Dec 15
@Asylum That would be annoying on a daily basis. It was annoying being a teacher, and not allowed to "go" when nature called.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
@ElizabethWallace I agree, it must be a very difficult situation to be in.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
We just never know how many "jobs" we will have in our life.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
This was definitely something new for me. I cannot help but wonder who he would have commandeered if I was not around.
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
@Asylum He must have to just close sometimes. Or he has a habit of taking advantage of the moment when a friend stops by.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
@paigea It would be impossible to just close because he could not take all the newspapers with him.
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@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
7 Dec 15
How many newspapers could you sell?
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
I only sold 3 because he was away about 10 too 15 minutes, but he was really only interested in the security of someone being there to stop the stock from going missing.
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@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
8 Dec 15
@Asylum Great! You should have kept the profit of selling three news papes with you.
@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
9 Dec 15
What a good friend you were to be there just in time for your friend.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
9 Dec 15
It is not the kind of thing that you can refuse to do. It must be quite inconvenient being stuck there with no chance of leaving for 10 minutes, so refusing would have been unforgiveable.
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 15
Moonlighting now are we? I hope you managed to see one or two?
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
I am trying to work my way up to selling the Big Issue.
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 15
And did you enjoy it?
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
Not really, but I cannot leave a friend in desperate need if I can help in any way.
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@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
7 Dec 15
It's good that he trusts you to do that. It was good for you too.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
I worked with Mark for around 15 years in a company during the 1980s and 1990s, so naturally he knows that he can trust me.
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Dec 15
I think that actually sounds like a lot of fun.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
It is fine for a quick 10 to 15 minutes while someone is going to the toilet, but I could not stand there all day doing something like that.
@amnabas (10314)
• Karachi, Pakistan
7 Dec 15
It looks that you had a learning experience from newspaper stand.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
I certainly did, but not the type of experience that I would have expected.
@marlina (77811)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
Another experience in your life. How many newspapers did you end up selling? Your friend was so lucky that you showed up "just in time".
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
I only sold 3, but he was only away for 10 to 15 minutes. Oddly it became busy as soon as he returned, so it may be that many of his customers know him and look out for him. Of course he was not really interested in the number of papers sold and simply wanted someone he could trust to ensure that nothing was taken while he was away.