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Miranda hunts for Brighton drain man
We've all seen the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp – but this tale of a woman and a vagrant is altogether different.
Actress Miranda Morris, 43, of Brighton, is on the search for her homeless knight in shining armour.
When she dropped her iPhone down a drain in Brighton’s Jubilee Square, passers-by gathered to offer their sympathy and suggestions, but little help.
Just when the new gadget began to sink into the slurry, a homeless man sprang into action.
Known only as Sam, he demanded everyone to stand back, stripped off and pulled the smartphone from the drain.
Ms Morris said: “Everyone kept making sympathetic noises but nobody offered to help.
“Then out of nowhere came this homeless man. He said that he could help because he had skinny arms and so stripped off and got stuck in.”
Seconds later he pulled the smartphone from the drain and reunited it with a stunned Ms Morris.
The assembled crowd began to cheer and call him “Drain Man”, to which he responded, “No I’m just a local beggar”.
Taken aback by this random act of kindness, Ms Morris took the undernourished man across the road to Tesco for a sandwich.
She added: “He didn’t ask for anything and that really touched me. I offered to buy him a meal deal but he insisted that ‘just a sandwich was fine’. Finally I persuaded him and he took ages to choose a flavour of crisps because he said he hadn’t had them for such a long time.”
Ms Morris is now searching for the 30 to 35-year-old man in order to thank him properly. She describes him as being white, 5ft 10in, skinny with a birth mark or scar on the side of his face.
She added: “The whole event has really changed my perception of homeless people. Sam is just a regular guy who has fallen on hard times and because he’s a single male he isn’t seen as a priority by the authorities.
“These days with the recession and cuts, I think we’re all closer than we would like to think to being in that situation.
“If Sam’s fortunes can improve even slightly because of his act of kindness then that would be fantastic.”
Do you know Sam? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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