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Reading EB Warris’s letter, Young Man Begging, (Star, December 3, 2015), reminded me of the story from the Thatcher years of a dishevelled young chap obviously down on his luck standing outside the main entrance to food emporium Fortnum & Mason.

When a well-heeled woman came by him he held out his cap, tugged his forelock and said to her, “please missus, I haven’t eaten for three days”.

To wit the woman concerned replied, “Good God man, I admire your willpower!” and swept on by.

Michael Parker

Robertshaw Crescent, Deepcar, Sheffield, S36