[Jokes] Teenage poverty in Britain

Chris McKenna cmckenna at sucs.org
Fri Oct 21 22:17:17 BST 2005

taken from a forum I read...

We just spent several hours observing teenagers hanging out at the local 
shopping centre. We came to the conclusion many teenagers in Britain today 
are living in poverty. Most young men We observed didn't even own a belt; 
there was not one among the whole group.

But that wasn't the sad part. Many were wearing their daddies jeans. Some 
jeans were so big and baggy they hung low on their hips, exposing their 
I know some must have been ashamed their daddy was short, because his 
jeans hardly went below their knees.
They weren't even their daddies' good jeans, for most had holes ripped in 
the knees and a dirty look to them.

It grieved us, in a modern, affluent society like Britain, there are those 
who can't afford a decent pair of jeans. I was thinking about asking my 
Church to start a jeans drive for "poor kids at the shopping centre."
Then on Christmas Eve, we could go Christmas caroling and distribute jeans 
to these poor teenagers.

But here is the saddest part...it was the girls they were hanging out with 
that disturbed us most.
Never, in all of our lives, have we seen such poverty-stricken girls.
These girls had the opposite problem of the guys. They all had to wear 
their little sister's clothes.
Their jeans were about 5 sizes too small!
I don't know how they could get them on, let alone button them up.
Their jeans barely went over their hipbones.
Most also had on their little sister's top; it hardly covered their 
Oh, they were trying to hold their heads up with pride, but it was a sad 
sight to see these almost grown women wearing children's clothes.

However, it was their underwear that bothered us most.
They, like the boys, because of the improper fitting of their clothes, 
they had their underwear exposed.
We had never seen anything like it. It looked like their underwear was 
only held together by a single piece of string.
We know it saddens your heart to receive this report on condition of the 
British teenagers.
While we go to bed every night with a closets full of clothes nearby, 
there are millions of "shopping centre girls" who barely have enough 
material to keep it together.
We think their "poorness" is why these 2 groups gather at the shopping 
centre; boys with their short daddies' ripped jeans, and girls wearing 
their younger sisters' clothes.
The shopping centre is one place where they can find acceptance.
So, next time you are doing your shopping , and you pass by some of these 
poor teenagers, would you say a prayer for them?

Chris 'Awkward' McKenna

cmckenna at sucs.org

The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes,
but with the heart

Antoine de Saint Exupery

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