3 I need some money
I walk out of the supermarket. There are hundreds of cars
in the car park. A 1993 car is fifty million units at home.
But they're all too big. You can't take them with you. Some
of them are very beautiful... Toyota Corollas, Ford Escorts,
Nissan Sunnys, Fiat Unos, Renault Clios, Rover Minis. They're
the expensive ones, the everyday cars. You can find Rolls
Royces, Mercedes, Ferraris and Porsches at home - people are
very careful with old cars like those. But you can't find
the everyday cars.
It's raining hard, and I haven't got a coat. And I haven't
got any money. Only two pounds. And I need that for the cornflakes
tomorrow. The rain is cold.
A young man is sitting on the ground outside the supermarket.
He's wearing old, dirty jeans and an old T-shirt. There's
a hat in front of him, and a sign. The sign says, 'No home.
Cold, hungry and thirsty. Please help.' A young woman walks
past. She stops, and puts a fifty-pence coin in the hat. Then
an old man puts a few twenty-pence coins in the hat. That's
the answer! A woman is walking along the street. I stop her.
Me Excuse me. I'm hungry and thirsty. And
I'm cold. Please help.
The woman is looking at my clothes. They're very good clothes.
I always get good clothes. I'm wearing an expensive blue suit,
new black shoes and a clean white shirt. The woman doesn't
say anything. She walks away. Then the young man stands up.
His jeans are very dirty. He's angry.
Young man Hey! You! This is my place! I'm
here every day. Go away!
Me I'm sorry. Don't be angry. I need some
Young man Go on! Go away!
He's very angry. And he's a strong young man, too. What can
I do? I go away. I walk between the cars in the car park.
An old man is opening his car door.
Me Excuse me, sir. I need some money.
The man is afraid. Why?
Me Could you give me some money, please?
Man Don't hurt me!
Me I don't want to hurt you. I'm only asking
a question. Could I have some money, please?
Man Help! Police! Help!
People are looking at me. The man is running away between
the cars. He's shouting. Now a police car is stopping outside
the supermarket. Two police officers get out, a man and a
woman. The man is talking to them. They're all looking at
me. I don't want to talk to the police officers. I run fast
between the cars. I can run very fast. I run out of the car
park and along a road. There are some trees on my left. Quickly,
I go behind a tree and stop. The police car goes past. The
police officers are in the front and the man is in the back.
They're looking out of the windows. They're looking for me.