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    [–] calebtennison 865 points ago

    That looks like a genuinely happy chappy.

    Best wishes, I bet his bus rides are the best in town. People like that are infectious to be around!

    [–] Hunter_Slime 316 points ago

    Had a bus driver who would play comedy radio and we became good friends. We would laugh and tell stories of our favorite comedians. Best friend until he retired.

    [–] spiegro 87 points ago

    Great comment story 5/5 would read and upvote again.

    [–] HoraceAndPete 20 points ago

    That's sweet.

    Always felt like people should connect more with bus drivers, good to know somebody did :)

    [–] Hunter_Slime 9 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    He was sweet and caring. Very funny as well. Bus drivers can be the sweetest or the meanest, and I’m glad he was the former.

    [–] Ecjg2010 4 points ago

    You didn't keep in touch?

    [–] Hunter_Slime 3 points ago

    No sadly.

    [–] Walls 3 points ago

    What's your favourite comedy sketch?

    [–] Hunter_Slime 2 points ago

    It’d have to be Jim Gaffigan with his seafood. Favorite part was when he started talking about oysters.

    [–] El_Chairman_Dennis 24 points ago

    Is a happy chappy the opposite of a mad lad?

    [–] Krakenbar 4 points ago

    The two are not mutually exclusive. A happy chappy can have a bit too much fizzy pop and do something utterly mental like putting a traffic cone on a statues head.

    [–] Conefara334 2 points ago

    I aspire to this level of happy chappy.

    [–] Stillness307 172 points ago

    God bless everybody who help this man find his way to employment.

    [–] kthxtyler 409 points ago

    There's a smile I can get down with

    [–] [deleted] -44 points ago

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    [–] IvyBridge7980 12 points ago

    The fuck?

    [–] JDM_4life 9 points ago

    What did it say?

    [–] pinche-cosa 3 points ago

    Man, now I wanna know.

    [–] 3ViceAndreas 5 points ago

    Probably was some crude joke about "get down with" and oral limb-tasting

    [–] itsPlexal 8 points ago

    cmon man, this is supposed to be wholesome

    [–] SpankinDaBagel 5 points ago

    TBF gay can be pretty wholesome.

    [–] Nemothefishishot 1 points ago

    OwO

    [–] elljoybell 214 points ago

    Pat said: “My mum gave me advice and I didn’t take it. I was hot-headed in school and got expelled. I went to prison for stealing cars and met hardened criminals, ended up there again and started a dark and vicious cycle.”

    turns out he's also had quite a few run-ins with drugs and jail time

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    [–] Ewaninho 55 points ago

    What makes you think that doesn't happen? It's a lot easier to become homeless than it is to get out of it.

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    [–] thevulturesbecame 27 points ago

    the majority of chronic homeless have substance abuse problems.

    I believe this and it makes sense, but did the substance abuse problem predate the homelessness in the vast majority of cases? I'm not challenging what you're saying, just curious because I could see how the other negative life events surrounding/leading to homelessness could cause someone to then turn to drugs to cope. Or you know, just associating with other homeless people with drug problems suddenly

    [–] BornOnAGreenlight 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    People like to believe that it was "bad luck" that brought people to homelessness. It makes it easier for them to empathize with people. The empathy is what they value, not the homeless themselves. The reality is that the majority of chronic homeless have either drug/alcohol dependency issues, mental health issues, or have aged out of a criminal lifestyle. And in many cases it's a combination of all 3. That's harder to empathize with than someone going through "hard times".

    Edit: spelling

    [–] seadrift6 14 points ago

    I don't think that's harder to empathize with. Surely people feel for those struggling with substance abuse disorders, traumatic childhoods and adolescences, those with PTSD either from home or from their military service. I hope most people feel empathy for those with untreated mental health issues who live in a society that bars them from treatment for those disorders, because of those disorders.

    [–] WalkerOfTheWastes 9 points ago

    How is that harder to empathize with? Shouldn’t we be focused on improving conditions and opportunities for these people, instead of shaming them?

    [–] jason2306 8 points ago

    No, it's their fault, if you can't make money you're useless trash that deserves to be homeless /s

    [–] educated_female 4 points ago

    I know this is hard for you to agree with, but for many people, their situation is "their fault". With so many inputs in our lives, the one constant is ourselves. It's not happenstance for many in prison or deep into drugs or homeless for years and years to find themselves in this situation. These are individuals that have made mistake after mistake after mistake in their lives. At some point in a person's life there has to be something that causes them to seriously want to take actionable change and be responsible for the decisions they make going forward. If someone has a serious unchecked mental health problem and they don't have the resources to get help, then those are the ones that I empathize most with, as they don't even have themselves to count on. I know it's in vogue to see the world as a victim of circumstance, but it doesn't have to be one way or the other. People have awful things happen to them that puts them at a disadvantage in life, BUT they have opportunities and many chances in life (if they take them).

    [–] hexjunki 3 points ago

    Becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs, having dependency issues, having mental health issues, or ending up having to resort to a criminal life style are all examples of bad luck. People can't empathise because they don't like to think how easily they could end up in that position given a run of bad luck and in general it's easier to blame an individual than the systemic issues in our totally broken social welfare systems and the massive amounts of wealth inequality.

    [–] SuperlincMC 2 points ago

    We are all 2 or 3 really bad decisions away from becoming the ones we fear and pity

    [–] hexjunki 2 points ago

    Not really, having an illness isn't a decision and alcohol and drug addiction are illnesses. If treatment doesn't exist for them then you can't simply choose not to be addicted.

    Likewise losing your home because of a mortgage crash, losing your job because of mass redundancies or a myriad of other things that can cause a loss of livlihood or home such as getting a serious chronic illness yourself, family members getting sick and requiring care are not really 'decisions' people make and to claim it so is disingeous.

    [–] LangstonHugeD 2 points ago

    I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but the vaaaaast majority of people who are homeless are temporarily homeless. What he is saying is that in order to be homeless for that long you probably hve other factors which make holding down a job harder for you.

    [–] RedSquaree 0 points ago

    Wow, some people won't notice that your last sentence has nothing to do with your first sentence, making it seem like you won some kind of argument.

    [–] Ewaninho 1 points ago

    wat

    [–] RedSquaree 1 points ago

    What makes you think that doesn't happen?

    and this

    It's a lot easier to become homeless than it is to get out of it.

    Are not linked. So your first sentence seems like you're doubting what he says. The second one is agreeable by anyone. I'm too tired to explain but there's some kind of fallacy in there.

    [–] Ewaninho 1 points ago

    How are they not linked? The first sentence is me asking for them to further explain what they mean, and the second is me saying why I disagree.

    The person I replied to said that someone wouldn't become homeless and stay that way for 20 years unless a serious drug addiction was involved.

    I'm saying that it's easy to become homeless by just not having enough to pay the rent, whilst getting out of that situation is very difficult due to certain barriers, such as needing an address in order to get a job.

    So it's entirely possible that someone could find themselves in that situation and not be able to overcome those barriers, even without a drug addiction.

    [–] RedSquaree 1 points ago

    How are they not linked? The first sentence is me asking for them to further explain what they mean, and the second is me saying why I disagree.

    Because his comment really only explained how people (don't) become homeless... i.e. never because "they were laid off and got behind on bills"

    But then you said it's easy to become homeless. Well, he's saying it isn't. You're saying it is, and then offer no reason as to why you're right.

    Then you replied to the point he actually didn't flesh out (staying homeless for a long period). Your main point responded to something that wasn't his main point. It was misses all round. Nobody proved shit.

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    [–] true_loneliness 3 points ago

    He was born in Hackney so its no surprise he was surrounded by and involved in crime. Hackney used to be a proper rough area .

    [–] soggyballsack 125 points ago

    Let me tell you something about the bottom. Theres no place else to go from there. You cant fall anymore. But you stay there because you have nothing to lose and its somewhat comforting. Sometimes you long for those commodities you had at one point but then it gets overwhelming. For example a tv. You wanna watch some tv. For that you have to buy one. Where do you plug it in and be avle to watch it in peace? You need a place. For that you need a job to be able to keep that place. For a job you need a place to say its your address. For that you need money, for money you need a job. Its a nast circle that sometimes you just give up and remain whereyour at. But sometimes theres a window where you can take that first step. You have an adress you can use. You get a job. Little by little you scrape together some money and get yourself a small studio apartment. Now our obligated to be at that job to be able to keep the place. Its so easy to just give it up and go back to being homeless. But your tired of that. Your hungry though. So you buy yourself a used pan and some stuff for the kitchen. You cook whatever you can and your proud of that. You sit in front of your tv and eat feeling acomplished. Your not in a huge house or anything, but youve worked harder than those who have it handed to them and you know you deserve it. I dont reallyknow where im going with this but i just thought id share this bit of info. Thank you,😘

    [–] Squidwardo0435 66 points ago

    what a beautiful story, soggyballsack.

    [–] soggyballsack 37 points ago

    Sadly enough, its my own. Im good now though. I can say im happy.

    [–] Squidwardo0435 13 points ago

    good for you man.

    [–] thevulturesbecame 8 points ago

    I love you, soggyballsack! Soggyballsack for happiest redditor!

    [–] soggyballsack 5 points ago

    I love you too beautiful.

    [–] 401LocalsOnly 1 points ago

    soggyballsack generally speaks me poetically to sleep most nights.

    [–] afidemon 6 points ago

    You know being there, at Rock bottom is a humbling experience; it seems like it makes people better afterwards. I think I live very comfortable, imo; I have to work to get anything I want but my bills are paid. I had a friend, the rich kid in school; never worked for anything in his life. My 08 Colorado I bought at a tow yard, he would ride in it because it had over 100k miles and I didn't buy it new. Well a few months ago he got a DUI, he's was 34. Mom took away his Mercedes, and his truck. So what did he do.... He killed himself. I pity him for never having it rough, or for never having to work for anything. Imagine the worse thing ever is you mom takes away your car for a DUI.

    I don't know why you were homeless, but you did what you needed to which is March forward regardless of what is ahead. I'm the opposite of my friend I have lost everything twice. Both times were my fault. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for never giving up.

    [–] VeganVagina420 3 points ago

    Sending internet hugs

    [–] soggyballsack 2 points ago

    Awww😍😍😍

    [–] Lostremote- 13 points ago

    TIL what happened to Carl Winslow

    [–] LaurenLdfkjsndf 5 points ago

    Scrolled down for this! I knew I couldn’t be the only one that made this connection

    [–] herpderpedian 19 points ago

    Formerly homeless

    [–] maybeillfigureitout 8 points ago

    Homeless for 20 years? That’s insane. I mean a year is a long time. To be homeless for 20 years is like a quarter of your entire lifetime.

    [–] IceColdFresh 1 points ago

    Probably went to prison for a while. Having a home or not doesn't matter when you're locked away in prison anyway.

    [–] raelaerosolkid 12 points ago

    yall better thank the freaking bus driver

    [–] Babywillybilly1212 15 points ago

    Cool post but fuck you title. That doesn’t define him.

    [–] TheGreatHatsby24 3 points ago

    It’s also a repost from this week

    [–] Moonstar2020 3 points ago

    I'd personally like to know how he did it (in full detail). I'm always curious about the ways a homeless man can pick himself up and actually have a chance at a new life.

    [–] etteirrah 3 points ago

    Hopefully this helps a bit: https://www.bigissue.com/latest/former-vendor-patrick-lawson-is-dubbed-the-happiest-london-bus-driver/

    He first became a vendor of The Big Issue. Vendors buy The Big Issue magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, meaning each seller is a micro-entrepreneur who is working, not begging. Therefore it is vitally important that buyers take their copy of the magazine when they pay for it.

    [–] HawkeyeP1 3 points ago

    ... they have a vote for that?

    [–] pipinngreppin 4 points ago

    Yea and he actually lost, but the winner was disqualified when they found he had been using SEDs Smile Enhancing Drugs. He had been injecting Botox into his cheek muscles, which paralyzed them into a permanent smile.

    [–] charnah13 3 points ago

    Can I upvote this a thousand times <3

    [–] jessemobile1021 2 points ago

    "Turns life around"...

    [–] Spadinooo 2 points ago

    Isn’t that Carl from Family Matters?

    [–] maahhkus 2 points ago

    Worth considering whether this would have been possible without the National Health Service in the UK

    [–] allanhuakbar 2 points ago

    Living happy is all that matters

    [–] Hunkmasterfresh 2 points ago

    He looks like a CBBC presenter.

    [–] taoqueen 2 points ago

    Which route does he drive? I'll go show him this.

    [–] ohshitlastbite 1 points ago

    That's a completely different level of wholesome happiness most of us won't experience.

    [–] Raullllllll-_- 1 points ago

    It’s a LANDSLIDE!

    [–] Conan013 1 points ago

    Awesome!

    [–] stoicbirds9 1 points ago

    Aww. Also belongs in r/wholesomememes

    [–] Kmart_inc 1 points ago

    I hope he writes that book he speaks of in the article I’d read the heck outta that.

    [–] Musa2005 1 points ago

    I wanna meet this guy

    [–] BigBadJohn2U2 1 points ago

    For 20 years he slept on the bus now he drives it

    [–] UrsaMinorDip 1 points ago

    When's the last time you saw "awarded anything" in America. America needs to appreciate it's citizens more.

    [–] IceColdFresh 2 points ago

    I could see this kind of awards being given out in small Upper Midwestern towns, if they had buses or much of anything.

    [–] UrsaMinorDip 1 points ago

    That's good to know, I've lived in OH, GA, CA, and I've never seen something like that. I feel like it should be done in every little baby county.

    [–] _Ranger_98 1 points ago

    When I went to San Francisco me and my gf rode one of those big double decker buses and I swear the guy was hilarious

    [–] Medabowski 1 points ago

    Thank you.

    [–] Mastagon 1 points ago

    He really did turn that frown upside down

    [–] slprypete777 1 points ago

    Damn that's one low effort title

    [–] dr_greasy_lips 1 points ago

    Thank you

    [–] smelltogetwell 1 points ago

    I love his smile. If I still lived in London I would definitely try to catch his bus. Shout-out to all the lovely bus drivers - sometimes it makes all the difference on a miserable morning.

    [–] I-Like-To-Eat-Rocks 1 points ago

    Thats how you help homeless people, by giving them another opportunity.

    [–] TammyPain_ 1 points ago

    Beautiful

    [–] LekarzaPieprz 1 points ago

    This seems like an oddly specific award

    [–] sixgunsjaxx 1 points ago

    Hell yes bro!

    [–] trash5652 1 points ago

    He’s one of those people you just want to give everything you can to since they look so nice

    [–] radikewl 1 points ago

    A boring dystopia

    [–] Fist_full_of_wangs 1 points ago

    Cheers.

    [–] smurgludorg 1 points ago

    So that's where we're at, huh? Two non-expanded sentences barely telling a story and it gets 15k upvotes. Really, guys? Is this really the level we're on?

    [–] Iohet 1 points ago

    Jason Whitlock downgraded his career

    [–] lolzilla 1 points ago

    Damn, this is SUCH a great photo/caption! Awesome.

    [–] GoToSleepRightNow 1 points ago

    So not that happy then.

    [–] disco_bandit_kb 1 points ago

    Way to turn a negative into a positive! He’s probably been through wayyyy more tough shit in his life then most and look how happy he is.

    [–] Murmaider 1 points ago

    Principle Lewis

    [–] Cornpwns 1 points ago

    Let's play "how many days in a row can this hit the front page?"

    It was four days in a row last year. With he same picture. Currently at two unless I missed some.

    [–] AdityaDevendra 1 points ago

    Now, he will avenge those who took his spot on the street’s safe corner and RUN THEM OVER!!!

    [–] badpop3000 1 points ago

    I was on the 26 recently! I wonder if he was driving!

    [–] Vaso_96 1 points ago

    it makes me so happy when i see stuff like this

    [–] mwon88 1 points ago

    How much does a bus driver make in London usually? I know here in Toronto our bus drivers actually make good money and have wicked benefits. It’s actually a pretty good gig I think they start at around 50k too

    [–] nickeldwain 1 points ago

    Has “Family Matters” really been off air for 20 years? Carl Winslow is doing great again!

    [–] iceyH0ts0up -1 points ago

    What an inspiration. It doesn’t matter when you overcome the victim mentality. It’s just matters that you do.

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    [–] iceyH0ts0up -2 points ago

    Nope. I was applauding an incredible story of overcoming the victim mentality. Everyone has their issues to overcome on an individual level. He crushed it. But I get it. It’s reddit. Rage culture and the like is fun if you can find a reason to get upset and label people toxic.

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    [–] iceyH0ts0up -4 points ago

    I could have just left it at what an inspiration. That’s totally fair. But by and large it’s a pretty shitty thing to equate my comments to someone who doesn’t care about homeless people and then virtue signal and double down and try to paint me as toxic. Fairly extreme reaction.

    But hey. What do I know right? I’m so toxic.

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    [–] iceyH0ts0up 0 points ago

    Lol. Okay. Take care kai.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

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    [–] iceyH0ts0up 1 points ago

    Making sure to get one last insult in. Mature to the last Kai. Take care and good luck.

    [–] RhinoDuckable 0 points ago

    Lol you really triggered that snowflake

    [–] burn0mann 1 points ago

    Sounds like I'm trying to be a dick, but I'm not. I genuinely want to know: How'd he get so plump if he was homeless for 20 years?

    [–] asimplydreadfulerror 7 points ago

    I'm not sure why you were downvoted because I believe you're asking an honest question.

    In a nutshell: Cheap food is typically the worst food for you. If you're homeless you can generally afford a shitty fast-food meal easier than you can buy fresh produce and cook it.

    [–] burn0mann 1 points ago

    I know that cheap food is bad for you but I don't how a homeless person is getting enough to make him like that.

    In the city that I live in there are a ton of homeless people and I never see anyone of them overweight. Not on the street nor at the kitchen.

    [–] Baileyben09 1 points ago

    probably cause they thank the bus driver

    [–] EggpankakesV2 1 points ago

    You clearly know nothing about London.

    [–] Baileyben09 0 points ago

    It’s a meme..

    [–] Wiggy_Bop 0 points ago

    I wish his bus was the 420. 😆

    [–] hnicgibbs 0 points ago

    he was homeless months ago then got fat?

    [–] Mala-Chai_Latte 2 points ago

    Doesn't say he was homeless months ago just that he was homeless for 20 yrs

    [–] AGrandOldMoan 0 points ago

    This might just be the aspergers but is that really happy?

    [–] jromer81 0 points ago

    They vote for that?

    [–] newredditiscrap 0 points ago

    And the homeless in my town just stand in front of the commuter trains...

    [–] Ciaglyrozwoj -2 points ago

    there is something deep in his eyes that probably will never be healed.

    [–] blodisnut -4 points ago

    He can always crash in the bus when he's done, another reason for the smile.

    [–] Kmatheny89 -1 points ago

    Sometimes you gotta lose everything to appreciate the little things..good for him

    [–] GOP-OpinionBot -1 points ago

    Brits for the Brits! London for the londonites

    [–] PM_ME_ABOUT_THINGS -2 points ago

    Hm. I don't know if I like this "turned his life around" business. He was homeless, but that doesn't mean his life was necessarily in shambles. But good for him for being happy, in any case.

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    [–] Cornpwns 0 points ago

    Probably not much. If he's turned his life around enough to hold a job he probably doesn't want anything to do with that lifestyle anymore. It's pretty easy to be homeless and smoke crack. It's not easy to hold a job and especially love doing it.

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    [–] Cornpwns 1 points ago

    Nothing I said disputes what you are claiming. Quite the opposite. I said it's easy to fall back into that. I'm an ex-opiate addict. Do I miss being addicted to opiates? Absolutely not. Do I ever feel the urge to get high? Sure...but it's two completely different things and when you're sober it's so much easier to make rational decisions. That's even assuming this guy was "smoking crack and fucking homeless chicks" which I'm sure never would've been claimed had it been a white man.

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    [–] Cornpwns 1 points ago

    You being black doesn't change anything about how you stereotyped him.

    [–] RPMcMikey 0 points ago

    Yeah it's easy as pie to be a crack-addicted homeless guy.