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  • Michael Noctor

Any Change Any Change

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

My last trip to Madrid in 2014 was marred by beggars. On one occasion while eating outside a waiter told a scruffy old tramp to stop hassling me. A few minutes later the old cunt - pardon me, I mean Cunt - strode towards me with a large brick raised above his head. I didn't budge. He was only lettin' on in the game. He smashed the brick onto the ground instead of my head, I was relieved, the cops were called. I asked them not to call the cops but a guy from the next table apologised to me. He said he felt ashamed that a guest in his country could be subjected to that kind of behaviour.

There was a youngish guy sitting outside the Tesco Express on Camden St. He looked aggressive. As I was packing my things and about to leave I could hear him saying, 'Any change, any change,' to every passer by. There were a lot of passers by. His tone was angry.


As I was packing my things and getting ready to leave I could hear him saying, 'Any change, any change,' to each of the passers by. There were a lot of passers by. I was thinking two things, one, anyone who wanted to help him didn't need to be asked and two, maybe he could try saying, 'Any change, please?'


I've been to the store twice. There might not be a third time anytime soon. There's another store on my road, it's closer to my apartment but I fancied a stroll to Camden St.


Michael