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Incoming Hug Alert

By sizemore Last edited 145 months ago
Incoming Hug Alert
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You don't get much for free in London... maybe the occasional bag of crisps or can of coke at Victoria station if there's a promotion of some kind going on or the Standard Lite if you need something to clean your shoe with after treading in something nasty...

Come the first of May though and you can head to Covent Garden and the South Bank for free human contact: free hugs to be exact. The idea is that Londoners will be in need of a big squeeze as election fever gets worse.

Random Huggers Day founder Mayella Johnstone said that although "some people are reticent to be hugged at first, they soon get the idea and find it really refreshing". Yeah, right. Are these the same people that turn white with fear if you strike up a conversation with them on the tube? Londonist envisions professional huggers dropping in droves, clutching their freshly maced faces while stressed Londoners kick them in the groin screaming "Mind the gap!"

I mean did you take the Piccadilly Line last night? It was like the circle of hell specifically designed for the impatient. We met one guy down there who asked if rationing was over yet.

Last Updated 26 April 2005

jk

Well i hope they dispense their hugs by the covent garden sign that says: Beware, pickpocketers operate in this area.

Mike

Plus American lawyers will have a field day with sexual harassment cases once the first tourist gets touched up.

Rob

They need to get themselves some of these.

Marie

That picture of Calvin and Hobbes is too cute. Somebody hug me, quick!

Mike

We'd love to, but all the Londonist staff have to wear anklet bracelets to stop that kind of thing from happening.

Plus the pic is not so cute if you consider the Fight Club angle.

get offa me

when did we turn into a world of huggers? i blame the americans.

extender

Three phrases should be among the most common in our daily usage. They are: Thank you, I am grateful and I appreciate.

extender

Three phrases should be among the most common in our daily usage. They are: Thank you, I am grateful and I appreciate.