Every week in The Big Issue magazine, a Big Issue vendor tells their story in our My Pitch column. This week 62-year old Sean McAvoy, who normally sells the magazine at Central Station in Exeter, talks about his last day selling the mag before he moves on to pastures new.
As it’s my last day on my Big Issue pitch I’m selling in a three-piece suit with my tabard on top. I’ve just been offered two jobs – both of them as a result of being a vendor here. One of my customers works for a double glazing firm called DG Solutions. She said they were recruiting and was I interested?
Then the day before the interview, Yusef, who’s the manager at Pie Minister by my pitch, offered me a job with him. I went to the double glazing interview and the first thing I said was, “I’ve been offered a job.” But they said I could work with them part-time, around the Pie Minister job. I said, happy days.
At Pie Minister I’ll be in the kitchen and in the front of shop because everyone mucks in, and at DG Solutions I’ll be canvassing, knocking on doors and asking people if they’d like a survey. They approached me because of my selling skills and the way I communicate with people. I’m very articulate, I’m well educated and I’ve been around the world a couple of times.
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I left school and joined the Royal Air Force for 10 years on search and rescue helicopters. I wasn’t a pilot – I was the guy they used to chuck out to rescue people. Best job in the world, better than being Father Christmas. Everybody’s so happy to see you.