The last few times I’ve seen the chap selling the Big Issue he sounded ok, but I have often find his banter with customers on the verge of begging and a tad irritating. A couple of years ago I bought a copy, but the content was not really something I was personally interested in. Once identified as a potential regular customer I got a constant, “Big Issue?”, “No thanks”, “Please? Please?”, “No thanks”, “Come back later?”, “No thanks”. Ask me once!!! He did this endlessly for months until it got the point where I deliberately walked on the other side of the street and avoided eye contact. Don’t get me wrong, I wish him well – it’s just his sales pitch that grates on me.