Chepstow homeless man ‘willing to work for food’

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A MAN who has spent the last 37 years living on the streets, returned to Chepstow this week to offer work to its “kind people” in return for food.

Sat on a bench on Pye corner in the middle of Chepstow this week, Peter Rumple had a sign in front of him which read: Will work for food.

Mr Rumple, 59, originally from London, said he has been coming back to Chepstow for six years. He said: “Everyone knows me here. They are kind people in Chepstow.”

On Monday, a woman had brought him a sandwich, while another left money behind the bar of a nearby cafe so he could get hot drinks.

He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.”

A religious man, Mr Rumple is a member of the Salvation Army and said he’s just trying to save for a deposit. He said: “I just take it day by day and goes where the road takes me.”

Mr Rumple said he ended up on the streets after his wife and child were killed in a car crash. “I just went AWOL on the drink. They were my everything.”

Mr Rumple admitted being an alcoholic but said he hasn’t had a drink for eight years.

“I tried to change my life,” he said. “I’d love to work for money, but you can’t get a proper job without an address.”

As a single man, neither reliant on drugs or alcohol, he has found it hard to find help, claiming he doesn’t “fit the criteria” of most homeless services and isn’t “vulnerable enough.”

He added: “You are either lucky or unlucky in life and I am one of the unlucky ones.”

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9:17am Fri 13 Jun 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.”

NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag.
He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.” NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag. Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: -37

9:40am Fri 13 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange
37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange Floppy backed
  • Score: -20

9:56am Fri 13 Jun 14

Jimport says...

Floppy backed wrote:
37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange
Homelessness is a complex issue, it's about much more than not having a home.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: 37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange[/p][/quote]Homelessness is a complex issue, it's about much more than not having a home. Jimport
  • Score: 24

10:21am Fri 13 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Ultimate Worrier wrote:
He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.”

NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag.
NEWSFLASH theres no work out there . and most all casual work is being done by the tourists . keep your bigoted comments you dont know the full facts .
[quote][p][bold]Ultimate Worrier[/bold] wrote: He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.” NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag.[/p][/quote]NEWSFLASH theres no work out there . and most all casual work is being done by the tourists . keep your bigoted comments you dont know the full facts . jimmysmith
  • Score: 20

10:49am Fri 13 Jun 14

displayed says...

'he has found it hard to find help, claiming he doesn’t “fit the criteria” of most homeless services and isn’t “vulnerable enough.'

I would say hes blessed, as many dont want help and only want money to satisfy their cravings............
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Feed him, he needs it!
'he has found it hard to find help, claiming he doesn’t “fit the criteria” of most homeless services and isn’t “vulnerable enough.' I would say hes blessed, as many dont want help and only want money to satisfy their cravings............ .. Feed him, he needs it! displayed
  • Score: 12

4:47pm Fri 13 Jun 14

emmaw86 says...

Floppy backed wrote:
37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange
I think his prior alcoholism probably played a part in preventing him from doing that.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: 37 yrs on the street - doesnt ring right with me??? You are telling me that in the prosperous years he couldnt find a basic job - even on a building site, fruit picking, farm work? Not now I know but in the 80's??? Someone could not rent out a caravan or even a tent while he built up funds? Strange[/p][/quote]I think his prior alcoholism probably played a part in preventing him from doing that. emmaw86
  • Score: 6

8:27pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Ultimate Worrier wrote:
He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.” NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag.
Your sympathies really knows no bounds.
[quote][p][bold]Ultimate Worrier[/bold] wrote: He said he already has some gardening work arranged for two days this week, but he only works for food, not money. He said: “I’ll get fish and chips for the work on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips.” NEWSFLASH! If you work for money, you will be able to buy fish and chips; most likely more than one bag.[/p][/quote]Your sympathies really knows no bounds. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 10

8:47am Sat 14 Jun 14

Smaugdragon says...

He's done in incredibly well to survive so long and to come off drink in such difficult circumstances - and retain a work ethic. According to London Pathway, the average life expectancy if street homeless people is 42. Now it sounds like the poor man's trapped in a vicious circle for lack of a few hundred pounds - if someone gave him the money for a deposit he'd be able to live inside and at least present himself for work as someone having a home address. I agree with the person who says the causes of homelessness are complex - and drugs and alcohol and mental illness are often complicating factors. What's frustrating about this story is that it sounds as if this might be an easier situation to resolve. I am not rich, but I'd love to give the Argus a tenner towards this man's deposit if they make that possible. (and for the cynics in this thread: getting people off the streets saves a fortune in tax spent on services in the long run).
He's done in incredibly well to survive so long and to come off drink in such difficult circumstances - and retain a work ethic. According to London Pathway, the average life expectancy if street homeless people is 42. Now it sounds like the poor man's trapped in a vicious circle for lack of a few hundred pounds - if someone gave him the money for a deposit he'd be able to live inside and at least present himself for work as someone having a home address. I agree with the person who says the causes of homelessness are complex - and drugs and alcohol and mental illness are often complicating factors. What's frustrating about this story is that it sounds as if this might be an easier situation to resolve. I am not rich, but I'd love to give the Argus a tenner towards this man's deposit if they make that possible. (and for the cynics in this thread: getting people off the streets saves a fortune in tax spent on services in the long run). Smaugdragon
  • Score: 10

1:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

bravoscar says...

I work for food too it's called a job
I work for food too it's called a job bravoscar
  • Score: -21

3:28pm Sat 14 Jun 14

ChepstowChap says...

I actually met the gentleman today (and he is a gentleman) and had a little chat in the sunshine in Chepstow. He would not accept money so I gave hime a voucher for a free haircut ( I own a barbers but won't say which one as this is not an advert ) he was really grateful and told me that many people in Chepstow had shown him kindness. I genially wish him well, as Smaugdragon said, he's done very well to survive in a situation that most of us would never survive. Let hope he continues to find the kindness and support he needs (and deserves)
I actually met the gentleman today (and he is a gentleman) and had a little chat in the sunshine in Chepstow. He would not accept money so I gave hime a voucher for a free haircut ( I own a barbers but won't say which one as this is not an advert ) he was really grateful and told me that many people in Chepstow had shown him kindness. I genially wish him well, as Smaugdragon said, he's done very well to survive in a situation that most of us would never survive. Let hope he continues to find the kindness and support he needs (and deserves) ChepstowChap
  • Score: 27

5:30pm Sat 14 Jun 14

displayed says...

"Lets hope he continues to find the kindness and support he needs (and deserves)"
Hear, hear..............
"Lets hope he continues to find the kindness and support he needs (and deserves)" Hear, hear.............. displayed
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

Listen guys, I wasn't being obtuse with the aim of being insulting. The guy is REFUSING to work for money, preferring to be paid with food instead. This is just stupidity. He clearly is homeless by choice if he wants to get paid in fish and chips rather than money.

What next? Building decking in a garden for a tin of carrots?
Listen guys, I wasn't being obtuse with the aim of being insulting. The guy is REFUSING to work for money, preferring to be paid with food instead. This is just stupidity. He clearly is homeless by choice if he wants to get paid in fish and chips rather than money. What next? Building decking in a garden for a tin of carrots? Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 0

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