Prosh Day today - but the students involved are not winning any friends
Today is PROSH Day (information here). PROSH is an annual charity supported by the UWA Student Guild and The University of Western Australia.
Unfortunately what started out as a fantastic charity event years ago seems to be corrupting more and more as time goes by thanks to the deteriorating behaviour of the students involved. My experiences this year, when leaving the Perth train station and walking to work, were by far the worst yet.
I knew we were in for trouble when I heard the Transperth staff at the train station broadcasting an announcement asking the Prosh sellers to stop blocking the exits, and warning that if they did not comply they would be removed.
Then there were the announcements asking specific students to leave the platforms - it is illegal to try and sell wares on Transperth property unless you are an actual stall/store holder, and these students know this, but it doesn't stop them from trying their luck anyway.
To leave the station I had to force myself through an unruly mob of about 20 yelling, costumed, university students who were blocking the overpass, and were so determined to get people to buy their Prosh paper they were shoving it in people's faces and physically blocking the exit.
Even after I managed to exit the train station (and to be honest, the students' behaviour was frightening - these kids have no idea of the concept of personal space) I continued to be accosted on every street corner and arcade entrance, and even berated by one overzealous seller dressed like a ninja.
Only one group was polite - on the corner of Pier and Hay Street. My compliments to those young Canadians - they had manners - but unfortunately by the time I reached their corner my frame of mind was such that I had no intention of donating to Prosh.
The university students involved in this morning's events should be ashamed of themselves, take a good hard look at their behaviour and realise that the actions and words that I saw today will turn people away from Prosh. As a whole Perthites are very generous charity givers, but do not expect support if you yell and shove your wares in our faces.