Glasgow Big Issue seller repays kindness

Joe Wilson, an educational assessor in Glasgow, was given a nice surprise from his local Big Issue seller, after buying him a coffee every week on his way to breakfast.

Daniel Collins won £20 on a scratch card so decided to by Joe his breakfast
Daniel Collins won £20 on a scratch card so decided to by Joe his breakfast

Mr Wilson began talking to Daniel Collins, a local Big Issue seller outside Hillhead library.

Mr Wilson said: “Each week, I stop and have a chat, give him a couple of quid, if I have it, and buy him a coffee from the place I go to for a breakfast. Then, when I finish my breakfast I’ll usually take him over another coffee and pay for a few in advance (or suspended, as some folk call them) so he can get warmed up when it gets chilly.”

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A well known face, Daniel was grateful for the kindness every week. So when he won £20 on a scratch card, he decided to repay the favour.

Joe Wilson was treated to breakfast after his local Big Issue seller wanted to repay the kindness he was shown

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On Saturday, Mr Wilson was delighted to be told his breakfast had already been paid for by Daniel.

Mr Wilson said: “As I took a coffee over to him, his face was an absolute picture and he told me that it had made him happy that I’d had a nice surprise and it was his way of showing his appreciation for the coffees and the chats.”

The story was posted on Facebook on Saturday afternoon, and went viral, being shared over 19,000 times.

Joe Wilson was treated to breakfast after his local Big Issue seller wanted to repay the kindness he was shown