[Jokes] Teenage poverty in Britain
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
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
More information about the Jokes