You can’t always get what you want. Mick Jagger said so. But if you are struggling with something, holding up a sign in public seems to help. In January, lonely landscaper Gerald Abrahams was deluged with date offers after holding a sign asking for a ‘hot brunette’. Then last week, unemployed secretary Gerri Spiers wore a sandwich board saying ‘Professional PA seeks work’, and that got her shedloads of press as well as multiple job offers.
So we decided to test it out for ourselves. After all, if it’s that effective, maybe it could solve one of London’s biggest problems. The housing crisis! (Or at least get me somewhere cheap to live.)
It couldn’t. One man seemed intrigued, so I asked, ‘Interested in letting me live with you, sir?’ ‘I am!’ he replied. ‘But I live in Durham.’
So instead, I took on the economic system: redistributing bankers’ bonuses to those more worthy… such as myself. But after ten minutes of abuse in the City, I bottled it. By the end, I was reduced to trying to get a sandwich outside Pret. After two hours of being laughed at, I was about to give up. Then a pedestrian stopped, turned to me and whispered: ‘Looking for a sandwich, are you?’ ‘Yes! Yes I am!’ I barked. He smiled, reached into his pocket, pulled out a ringing mobile phone and walked away.
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