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posted by [personal profile] owlfish at 09:47pm on 10/12/2011 under
Coming back from Oxford today, I changed at Oxford Circus. The connection goes past a busker.

As I approached, he was playing away on his guitar, bluesy rock, good, but nothing that particularly grabbed my attention. I wasn't quite as far along the corridor as the pitch when suddenly he stopped playing and walked purposefully along with the flow of the crowd ahead of me, calling out to someone, trying to get them to stop.

It was important enough to the busker that the person he was trying to track down was failing to be connected to until we were all around the corner and halfway down the stairs from where the guitar case, full of donated coins, had been left. The busker's side of the conversation was the only audible side, but he had in his hand an open wallet, full of cards. "It has your ID in it.", he said, taking a couple of tries to successfully hand back to the wallet to the slightly glassy-eyed man who must've tossed it into his case.

The busker asked several times if the guy was okay. The guy seemed vague but nodded. And then the busker said that once, someone else had thrown their wallet, with cards, into his case, and then had gone and thrown themselves under a train.

No wonder it meant so very much for him to track down the next person who'd done it! Buskers, or at least one of them: trying to save lives one wallet at a time.
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posted by [identity profile] moon-custafer.livejournal.com at 09:48pm on 10/12/2011
Suddenly giving away one's possessions is common pre-suicide behaviour. Smart, alert sker.
 
posted by [identity profile] moon-custafer.livejournal.com at 09:48pm on 10/12/2011
Sorry, *busker.*
 
posted by [identity profile] daisho.livejournal.com at 10:28pm on 10/12/2011
It's always heartening to hear reminders that there are still good people out there. Thanks for sharing.
 
posted by [identity profile] aquitaineq.livejournal.com at 07:22am on 11/12/2011
Oh dear, what a good man.
 
posted by [identity profile] communicator.livejournal.com at 07:55am on 11/12/2011
Marvellous story. He did the right thing.
 
posted by [identity profile] sollersuk.livejournal.com at 08:17am on 11/12/2011
A truly good man.
 
posted by [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com at 10:34am on 11/12/2011
Thanks for sharing that.
 
posted by [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com at 11:12am on 11/12/2011
Hooray for him. That's a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it. :-)
 
posted by [identity profile] chilperic.livejournal.com at 11:38am on 11/12/2011
Lovely busker, yes; but all I can think of is the two poor sods who threw their wallets away. Have just read the obituary of a woman professor who drowned in the Cam; her death is being treated as suicide.
 
posted by [identity profile] a-d-medievalist.livejournal.com at 03:19pm on 11/12/2011
how awful. Good, but awful.
 
posted by [identity profile] genibane.livejournal.com at 01:23am on 13/12/2011
Yes, it definitely gives me much needed hope in the goodness of man.
 
posted by [identity profile] relentlesstoil.livejournal.com at 02:57am on 14/12/2011
Oh, wow.

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