Flirt café customers donate presents to Bournemouth's homeless

HOMELESS people in Bournemouth have been receiving presents donated by customers at Flirt café bar.

About 300 gifts were handed in to be collected by BCHA in support of the Sleep Safe campaign to help people off the streets.

The café has also been encouraging customers to buy scarves from the twotoo.co.uk website which also helps the homeless.

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3:35pm Mon 24 Dec 12

fedupwithfedupjobsworths says...

Perhaps they could make an ongoing donation to the Big Issue on the promise they don't station a seller on that corner!
Perhaps they could make an ongoing donation to the Big Issue on the promise they don't station a seller on that corner! fedupwithfedupjobsworths
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7:42pm Mon 24 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Another FREE advert.
Another FREE advert. pete woodley
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9:46pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Tripod says...

After reading quite a number of comments here (and on other stories), it's Nice to know Christian Values are Alive and Well and NOT living in Bournemouth.

Merry *kin Christmas!
After reading quite a number of comments here (and on other stories), it's Nice to know Christian Values are Alive and Well and NOT living in Bournemouth. Merry *kin Christmas! Tripod
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1:36am Tue 25 Dec 12

davidhaz says...

there's no excuse for homelessness and begging is illegal. We have a DSS and housing dept in our council. Addicts do not deserve to be treated like victims.
there's no excuse for homelessness and begging is illegal. We have a DSS and housing dept in our council. Addicts do not deserve to be treated like victims. davidhaz
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9:28am Tue 25 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Its a give nothing, take it all world.
Its a give nothing, take it all world. pete woodley
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12:29pm Thu 27 Dec 12

FlirtCafeBar says...

Pete Woodley, is that what you see? We did this for a free advert? Oh, please!! And to the others who might benefit to know our friend Bill who sells the Big Issue outside the Library who has never been an alcoholic or drug user, you might realise not everyone is the same and homelessness can happen to anyone. Such a shame our Customers do this to help others unluckier than us and some of these comments are so negative. Whatever you think of our reasons for doing this annual collection for someone (like our Womens' Refuge Collection last year), we'll do it again for someone next year.
Pete Woodley, is that what you see? We did this for a free advert? Oh, please!! And to the others who might benefit to know our friend Bill who sells the Big Issue outside the Library who has never been an alcoholic or drug user, you might realise not everyone is the same and homelessness can happen to anyone. Such a shame our Customers do this to help others unluckier than us and some of these comments are so negative. Whatever you think of our reasons for doing this annual collection for someone (like our Womens' Refuge Collection last year), we'll do it again for someone next year. FlirtCafeBar
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11:30pm Fri 28 Dec 12

FlirtCafeBar says...

Pete, I think that's the reaction you ask for when our Customers have brought in so many presents for people who need them - all through December, our Customers added people they don't know to their Christmas shopping lists - we organised the collection, paid for the publicity, contacted the charity, sorted the collection - and then to say it was for a free advert is insulting to the Customers who took part and helped others - and that is what makes people upset and "have a go". I think, as they say, you started it. To now suggest people stay away from our business is quite ridiculous when all this started by helping less fortunate people, and this internet trolling is a nasty trend in current life. What a sad taste this good project has left us with because of all this nonsense.
End of.
Pete, I think that's the reaction you ask for when our Customers have brought in so many presents for people who need them - all through December, our Customers added people they don't know to their Christmas shopping lists - we organised the collection, paid for the publicity, contacted the charity, sorted the collection - and then to say it was for a free advert is insulting to the Customers who took part and helped others - and that is what makes people upset and "have a go". I think, as they say, you started it. To now suggest people stay away from our business is quite ridiculous when all this started by helping less fortunate people, and this internet trolling is a nasty trend in current life. What a sad taste this good project has left us with because of all this nonsense. End of. FlirtCafeBar
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2:07pm Sat 29 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

We have the night shelter,food banks,salvation army,etc,etc,now we have a cafe for the homeless,just what this town needs to attract more "homeless" into the area.And "Aaaaghhh"shows the childish mentality of the"cafe".
We have the night shelter,food banks,salvation army,etc,etc,now we have a cafe for the homeless,just what this town needs to attract more "homeless" into the area.And "Aaaaghhh"shows the childish mentality of the"cafe". pete woodley
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4:38pm Sat 29 Dec 12

davidhaz says...

theres no reason for being homeless in this country thus no need for such charitable ideas like this. I'm sure if flirt cafe had given it a little more thought they could have found a more worthwhile charity.
theres no reason for being homeless in this country thus no need for such charitable ideas like this. I'm sure if flirt cafe had given it a little more thought they could have found a more worthwhile charity. davidhaz
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9:06pm Sat 29 Dec 12

silvr_metal says...

fedupwithfedupjobswo
rths
wrote:
Perhaps they could make an ongoing donation to the Big Issue on the promise they don't station a seller on that corner!
I agree with you on this one. Although some BI sellers are OK and stand quietly, there are many that can be quite offensive. In this case I've walked past and seen this one actively encouraging other "down and outs" (for want of a better name) to hang around this area by giving them free cigarettes, food and money.

This just then encourages them to come back and spread along the area. Next stop in their sights is of course FLIRT customers who sit outside. They've paid full whack for their FLIRT food and drink, only to have these beggars come along and bother them for free cigarettes, money, or they hover and make customers uncomfortable waiting for them to leave so they can pounce on the leftovers.

In my regular passings I've noticed over the last few months that FLIRT service to it's outside tables has "lost it's spark" and staff hardly come out anymore. The tables and chairs are not actively and regularly dried from the rain or cleaned either.

There's also no more ashtrays on the outside tables (most likely because the actively-encouraged beggars have been doing their filthy habit of taking the butts out of them, often in front of paying customers, and have probably stolen several along with the butts). So now I get to see lots of cigarette butts on the pavement area outside FLIRT.

Again, the staff should be doing their job and getting out there to sweep up on a regular basis, but hey! that would mean being proud of your job and the company you are working for.

Things that appear to be slipping at FLIRT, especially as the owners seem to be more interested in "charity" than their very business that is there to pay their own bills. Charity is good, but keep it in perspective and concentrate on your core business and its value to paying customers first

This BI seller has also got quite territorial lately and so has his dog, who barks and goes for the dogs of passers-by for no reason (even when they are not near it). He's left the dog unsupervised many times, taking the risk that it won't spot a passing dog while he's away).
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithfedupjobswo rths[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they could make an ongoing donation to the Big Issue on the promise they don't station a seller on that corner![/p][/quote]I agree with you on this one. Although some BI sellers are OK and stand quietly, there are many that can be quite offensive. In this case I've walked past and seen this one actively encouraging other "down and outs" (for want of a better name) to hang around this area by giving them free cigarettes, food and money. This just then encourages them to come back and spread along the area. Next stop in their sights is of course FLIRT customers who sit outside. They've paid full whack for their FLIRT food and drink, only to have these beggars come along and bother them for free cigarettes, money, or they hover and make customers uncomfortable waiting for them to leave so they can pounce on the leftovers. In my regular passings I've noticed over the last few months that FLIRT service to it's outside tables has "lost it's spark" and staff hardly come out anymore. The tables and chairs are not actively and regularly dried from the rain or cleaned either. There's also no more ashtrays on the outside tables (most likely because the actively-encouraged beggars have been doing their filthy habit of taking the butts out of them, often in front of paying customers, and have probably stolen several along with the butts). So now I get to see lots of cigarette butts on the pavement area outside FLIRT. Again, the staff should be doing their job and getting out there to sweep up on a regular basis, but hey! that would mean being proud of your job and the company you are working for. Things that appear to be slipping at FLIRT, especially as the owners seem to be more interested in "charity" than their very business that is there to pay their own bills. Charity is good, but keep it in perspective and concentrate on your core business and its value to paying customers first This BI seller has also got quite territorial lately and so has his dog, who barks and goes for the dogs of passers-by for no reason (even when they are not near it). He's left the dog unsupervised many times, taking the risk that it won't spot a passing dog while he's away). silvr_metal
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2:16pm Mon 31 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Looks like flirt have complained.
Looks like flirt have complained. pete woodley
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2:47pm Mon 31 Dec 12

dystopiamind says...

;)
;) dystopiamind
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3:36pm Mon 31 Dec 12

dystopiamind says...

Thank you silvr_metal for your observations and common sense. I am relieved to read it does exist! Happy New Year All!!
Thank you silvr_metal for your observations and common sense. I am relieved to read it does exist! Happy New Year All!! dystopiamind
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3:38pm Mon 31 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

I do not intend to let flirts customers and staff insult me and get away with it like "nessie" ,they are conducting a harassment campaign,and the echo MUST STOP IT.
I do not intend to let flirts customers and staff insult me and get away with it like "nessie" ,they are conducting a harassment campaign,and the echo MUST STOP IT. pete woodley
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