American Man lives Homeless in London Apple Store

AdaminOz

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I am from Melbourne and I was recently told there's this guy who is homeless in London and seems to travel a lot by living in the Apple Store and first class seats on intercontinental planes. How does he do it? I think he's American. Anyone in London who knows this guy please help me out here.

It's not what you think. He was a normal person who went to a private school (they call them prep schools) and university and had a career in advertising before giving it all up. Now he lives in like first class chairs on aircraft and in airport lounges and first class trains and the London Regent Street Apple Store. Unbelievable but it sounded like something for me. How can I do something like this? What steps would I take to make this happen? How does he actually do it? My mate told me he spent some time here in Melbourne and actually gave a lecture in Collins Street and was wearing like a thousand dollar suit or something. I haven't met him but I want to know how I can do this in Melbourne or Australia. If I have to go to Sydney or even London to do it I ill.

He's called the Hobo Prep. If you search for "tumbler and hoboprep and MATHP" (More About the Hobo Prep) you will see the article and the guy I am talking about. My mate said his name but I forgot it. I am amazed!

Can someone go to the Regent Street store and tell him I want to know how to do this? He spends a lot of time there in the store in the "seats" (they have seats or a lecture room in the Apple Stores there?). This is a direct quote from his site.

"You will find me in the Regent Street Store, sitting in the seminars with my bag and my MBPr, using the Free Wifi and ordering Food To My Seat, Which I Eat in a manner that no one can see, or am sometimes caught out."
Help me do this!!! I'm a University of Melbourne architecture student. I would love to know more! Thanks!
 

AdaminOz

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It's real all right. My friend met him when he was in Australia. Interesting guy. I've found him on Reddit. http://pay.reddit.com/r/london/comments/2aesdq/homeless_man_lives_in_regent_street_apple_store/

I'm interested in just who would buy him the gear. I mean, a Macbook Pro Retina, 16 GB Ram? That's like 4k AUD. And the harem. I had a friend from France who lived in Melbourne a few years ago and a lot of women here would take him out and buy him clothing and even take him home, so it's plausible.

What I want to know is about the seating areas in London's Regent Street store. Where could you just hang out all day and take your bag with you?
 

nebo1ss

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Sorry but I call BS on this. First all Apple stores have security in London and it would not be allowed. Secondly I live in London have been in both the Regent street store and the Covent garden store very recently and have never heard of him. In addition the article you linked to is not a News article but a forum and if you read his post it is pretty obvious he is a troll. This would certainly have been in the news if real.

There are many people mostly Young people that seem to spend their lives in coffee shops in London with their MacBook Pro's. However, this is a much more comfortable environment than an Apple store.
 
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AdaminOz

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You live in London? Lucky man. You can go and see him. I received a PM from him on Reddit

"Thank you for your interest in my posts. I did not realize there would be such a level of interest in what I regard as my ordinary life, despite my plight. To answer your questions 1. I usually spend most of the day in the seminar room which is at the back of the store. If you come to London please visit me there. I am usually there with my black Topas Stealth Rimowa Case, wearing a grey Italian super light wool lounge suit and near black, chocolate loafers and Ray Bans. I will be using my Macbook Pro Retina, a gift from a Kind Benefactor, and you may see me using my Blackberry, for Privacy and Security. That is the best way to identify me. 2. I am in the store for about six or seven hours using the free wifi and chairs. If I spend the day in T5 or on the Eurostar, I will not go to the store. I will usually just try to stay with one of my followers, supporters or my harem. 3. I will not tell you or anyone when I am away from London, as I Value My Privacy. I will say that I am often in Paris and Europe, because I can take the Eurostar there and spend hours on trains, where I can sleep and sit in cafes, using the free wifi. I would spend about 3-4 days/nights every fortnight doing this. The rest of the time is divided between the Apple Store, my gym, where I can shower and rest in the sauna or spa, or at T5. I generally spend two months a year away from London doing small design jobs, but this has been over the last year, so the next twelve months could be very different. I hope you understand why I will not disclose more to you, and wish you well with your aim to live as I, the Hobo, have chosen to.
 

LostSoul80

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Why would a member that registered the other day ever post BS threads? This is totally legit guys.
 

Arran

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You're assuming "Homeless" means "poor". Not so.

I've worked with several highly-paid consultants who were "homeless". They'd get 6-12 month gigs wherever and have the customer pay for a nice hotel. First class air travel and top-notch restaurants too - all while being "homeless". It's not that difficult.
 
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AdaminOz

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You're assuming "Homeless" means "poor". Not so.

I've worked with several highly-paid consultants who were "homeless". They'd get 6-12 month gigs wherever and have the customer pay for a nice hotel. First class air travel and top-notch restaurants too - all while being "homeless". It's not that difficult.
Exactly! I can see now. He isn't a typical homeless guy but I still wonder how he can do it. You need miles on your credit card to get access to the lounges, so how does he survive? I will ask him.

He says that he spends 7 hours in the Apple Store which is amazing because I have spent 2 hours in the Apple Store using the computers and waiting for family to show up and meet me.

Can someone post a photo of the inside of the Apple Store in London with the "seminar room which is at the back of the store"? How big is it? Wouldn't they just come in and say "Seminar's over Hobo, time to take your trolley elsewhere!".?
 

gnasher729

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You're assuming "Homeless" means "poor". Not so.

I've worked with several highly-paid consultants who were "homeless". They'd get 6-12 month gigs wherever and have the customer pay for a nice hotel. First class air travel and top-notch restaurants too - all while being "homeless". It's not that difficult.
There was Paul Erdős, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, who had all his possessions in a suitcase and travelled from conference to conference, usually staying with some other mathematician.

On the other hand, I'd trust a Londoner more about what's going on in London than someone from Melbourne.
 
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turtle777

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You live in London? Lucky man. You can go and see him. I received a PM from him on Reddit
Muahahaha.

You received a PM from a person on teh intarwebs ?

He must be real then.

-t

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Exactly! I can see now. He isn't a typical homeless guy but I still wonder how he can do it. You need miles on your credit card to get access to the lounges, so how does he survive? I will ask him.
Miles on your credit card ?

You obviously have no clue how access to the Airline Lounges works.

Also, most Airline Lounges are closed during the night.
And you only get access with a valid ticket for air travel that day. It's not like a "free hotel" that you can just check in and out.

Again, this is just trolling.

-t
 

AdaminOz

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like the movie with Clooney
Right! "Up in the Air" and he lives in the cheap motels paid for by his company but Hobo isn't employed.

Are the airport lounges closed at night? But he says that he uses them when he returns from his flights so I guess he must sleep in them during the day? He says on Reddit

Usually when I fly back I live in the T5 first class lounge for that day, and sometimes longer if I am permitted, but I do prefer to be in the busy part of town and the Regent Street Apple Store is a good location. My MBPr makes me blend in, and because of Kind Benefactors who help me with Purchasing Goods, leaving them at the counter for me
I fly to Asia and use the train as much as I can, as it means I have two or more days in lounges and in F either in the air or on the train, and am able to sit in a cafe in Paris or Rome and order food over the free wifi.
I usually spend every second day living at the gym, which is a members only sports club, or go out to T5 where I can use the lounge facilities. Because I still have membership and frequent flyer miles, I have access to the lounge even when I am not flying. I am also invited by some of my harem to bathtime with them and one of them is from Japan and she does a wonderful job of cleaning me up.
My question is - HOW DO I DO THIS? :eek::D:cool: It' SO COOL!

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Can someone post a photo of the inside of the Apple Store in London with the "seminar room which is at the back of the store"? How big is it? Wouldn't they just come in and say "Seminar's over Hobo, time to take your trolley elsewhere!".?
Please someone! Can you do this?
 

Arran

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...My question is - HOW DO I DO THIS? :eek::D:cool: It' SO COOL!
How do you do what?
  1. Post BS on the internet?
  2. Believe BS on the internet?

I rather think you've mastered #2. Sorry.

If you want to learn how to do #1, just go to the PRSI forum here and watch the masters at work! You'll pick it up fast. We all do! :)
 

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Even if this is real, why would you want to live this way? Are there people so rich that having a responsible life is just not for them? I don't think I'm on the level to understand the allure of this at all.

I'm grateful for my bed. My car. My job. My boring ordinary life. I could not be a dayfly or night traveler.
 

AdaminOz

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What is PRSI?

WHY do this? Because I want to. I want to know how it can be done. Surely I can do this. I am an architecture student and I could spend all day in the Apple Store and travelling. There are no architecture jobs for all of us students, so why not?

Could someone here from London please post a photograph of the seminar room in London? I want to know where I can find the Hobo. Thanks! :apple:
 

Astroboy907

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What is PRSI?

WHY do this? Because I want to. I want to know how it can be done. Surely I can do this. I am an architecture student and I could spend all day in the Apple Store and travelling. There are no architecture jobs for all of us students, so why not?

Could someone here from London please post a photograph of the seminar room in London? I want to know where I can find the Hobo. Thanks! :apple:
I can see why someone would want to travel all day, to see the world.

But all day in an Apple store? Come on....
 

Macky-Mac

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What is PRSI?

WHY do this? Because I want to. I want to know how it can be done. Surely I can do this. I am an architecture student and I could spend all day in the Apple Store and travelling. There are no architecture jobs for all of us students, so why not?

Could someone here from London please post a photograph of the seminar room in London? I want to know where I can find the Hobo. Thanks! :apple:
according to the links you've posted, he says he works.....so if there are no jobs in your field, then you're out of luck. He mentions employers paying his plane fares and "small design jobs"....it all sounds like somebody's online fantasy though
 

AdaminOz

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I can see why someone would want to travel all day, to see the world.

But all day in an Apple store? Come on....
I think it's feasible. Think of it as a Starbucks with Apple products everywhere, and bring your own coffee. People in Asia sit in a Starbucks for 10-12 hours on a single coffee, so maybe I should do this in Asia?

It is my online fantasy to do this but this guy is very real. He was here in Melbourne and a friend met him and heard him give a lecture. He's sent me messages on Reddit and apparently is being interviewed by your newspapers over there in London, so it must be true.

I know some architects who do freelance jobs here and there but if he was an advertising professional then it would be even easier, wouldn't it? Those guys get paid to do nothing except dream up little things that are produced and published.

I want to know where I can find the Hobo in the store. Could someone post a photo of the seminar room in London's Apple Store? Thanks!
 

Astroboy907

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He's sent me messages on Reddit and apparently is being interviewed by your newspapers over there in London, so it must be true.
Not to totally crush your fantasy, but you do realize that people can impersonate just about anyone on the internet?



Unbelievable but it sounded like something for me. How can I do something like this? What steps would I take to make this happen? How does he actually do it?
Seems fairly simple. Make a bunch of contacts who will pay for your stuff, then sell your house and live at an Apple store.


From his website
Who is the Hobo Prep?
I’m just another Gentleman Who Might Be Described as, or Otherwise Might Come Within the Description of A Prep, Always Homeward Bound.
People tell me that I have a Career, in a Profession-of-Sorts, a Love of the High Seas, Of My Family, and a Suitcase and Apartment Of Possessions just like you. I attended a Prep School, and went to a College and University, and Worked in a Profession, Earning Money, for some years, During the Second Great Depression, which commenced in the eigth year from the beginning of this Century (XXI), in the wake of the Fall of The Great Wall Street Firm, Bear Stearns, then I Gave Up My Possessions, My Salaried Employment, and All That I Loved, and Now Travel and Live in Europe And Elsewhere, as A Vagabond, Doing Small Jobs From Time To Time, and Living With the Love And Support Of My Harem, Followers and Friends.
I Don't Know About You, But When I See Posts Written With Every Other Word Capitalized It Usually Is A Pointer That All Is Not As It Seems.
 

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I think it's feasible. Think of it as a Starbucks with Apple products everywhere, and bring your own coffee. People in Asia sit in a Starbucks for 10-12 hours on a single coffee, so maybe I should do this in Asia?
What? No they don't, I lived in Asia and this just isn't true.
 

Macky-Mac

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sitting in starbucks for 10-12 hours a day seems like a pretty dull way to live.........but you don't have to leave home to try such a lifestyle; you can sit in your local starbucks for 10-12 hours a day and see how adventurous it is.

Note that he says he works; having had a six figure job he had time to build up client contacts that now provide him work. He's not a "fresh out of school - no experience" type. He says client companies buy those airplane tickets and that he gets by with "Support Of My Harem, Followers and Friends"......in other words, he mooches off them. :p

All that's if you believe it.
 

turtle777

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I think it's feasible. Think of it as a Starbucks with Apple products everywhere, and bring your own coffee. People in Asia sit in a Starbucks for 10-12 hours on a single coffee, so maybe I should do this in Asia?
Do you believe everything that's posted on the internet ?

-t
 

AdaminOz

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What? No they don't, I lived in Asia and this just isn't true.
They do. And they do it when they leave Asia. It was front page of the New York Times only a few weeks ago and we are not talking about a $5.99 latte with the works, we are talking about cheap McDonald's dollar coffee. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/nyregion/fighting-a-mcdonalds-for-the-right-to-sit-and-sit-and-sit.html

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sitting in starbucks for 10-12 hours a day seems like a pretty dull way to live.........but you don't have to leave home to try such a lifestyle; you can sit in your local starbucks for 10-12 hours a day and see how adventurous it is.

Note that he says he works; having had a six figure job he had time to build up client contacts that now provide him work. He's not a "fresh out of school - no experience" type. He says client companies buy those airplane tickets and that he gets by with "Support Of My Harem, Followers and Friends"......in other words, he mooches off them. :p

All that's if you believe it.
I'm determined to do it, and I think it's entirely feasible because if he can do it then so can I. He built up contacts. So can I. I am in Melbourne, which is the best city in the world below the Equator. I will get my own harem, because I am 6'0" tall and good looking, and I would be even younger. I could sit in a Starbucks but the Apple Store would be better. There must be comfortable chairs there. What I will have difficulty with is flying everywhere because that sounds expensive. Also, how did he find a "kind benefactor" to buy him a hugely expensive MBPr? Does London have this culture of generosity and charity to people down and out?

Please, someone post a photo of the seminar room in the London Apple Store. Thanks!