Big Issue seller is quids in thanks to his savvy investment in a contactless card reader

BIG Issue seller Robin Fabian is quids in, thanks to a contactless card reader.

Robin, 50 — who has sold the magazine near Bristol University for seven years — said many students no longer carried cash and the £30 hand-held device paid for itself in a day.

The dad of two, in a housing association flat after overcoming an addiction to painkillers, said: “My customers are great. I want to thank them all.”

"I like my pitch. It's in an affluent area and the magazine seems especially popular with students from the university.

"People look out for me – they bring me things like cheese and eggs, and offer to get me a drink. It means a lot."

"I reckon since then I've sold about 200 extra issues by having that on me, although I have to hold it on top of my issues so people can see that I have it.

"I think I'm the only vendor in the area who has one, which gives me a bit of an edge over the others."

Robin became hooked on the drugs after hurting his leg in an accident, but managed to overcome his addiction after enrolling on a drug rehabilitation course in Bristol.

Robin said: "I love travelling and sampling other cultures, so in the future I'd like to build myself a house bus and travel around the whole of Europe.

"I eventually want to live a very independent life, completely off the grid – maybe have a farm somewhere like Bulgaria, where property is a lot cheaper."

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