Pretty Surreal [Cereal] Killers
Are you doing a piece on the whole ‘Cereal Killer Café’ thing?
Nah, I heard about it but I weren’t inspired to comment. I’m more outraged that a box of Lucky Charms cost £10 but you won’t find me smashing up the local supermarket or specialist sweet shop. It’s pretty much the same thing when you think that only a select few in the local area a couple blocks past the fancy apartment blocks, in the much grimier part can afford to pay £5 for a bowl of cereal when they are probably living off £45 a week, well about £13 once you discount gas, electric, food, housing benefit deduction, travel fare.
It’s comical, and tragic for the owners of the independent business but even more comical as the people that smashed up the shop probably aren’t locals but art students living in shared accommodation, who can just go back to the bank of mummy and daddy when it gets rough on their London adventure. Native Londoners are being priced out big time with the influx of students who move from the places that once were hip but got expensive after they became trendy, leaving a trail of gentrification and rising house prices wherever they go. I mean you can make a pretty penny on the sale of a house but I guarantee that you can’t find anywhere in the local area to buy with your profits, probably a room in a squalid bed sit with several other people but hey welcome to London in 2015.
People are mad, seething, disgruntled, distrustful of the folks they voted to represent them. If it isn’t the expense scandals, where MPs claim everything from a Happy Meal to mortgages on second homes, prostitutes, marching power, and sex dungeons, it’s that they only look out for each other or whoever can provide a job with benefits for their children through favouring their needs in policy votes, tax breaks, loopholes, peerage and titles. So yea, it may seem ridiculous these people vandalising a shop selling cereals but the future is bleak. We can’t afford houses on the peanuts we earn on zero hours contracts, we’re living with people we dislike, who are unbearable because we can only afford a matchbox inside a multipack of matchboxes. We’re in debt having spent the past few years studying for a qualification in something that upon submitting the final draft of the dissertation became obsolete and what seemed like a certified promise of a career with a starting salary of no less than £25k, materialised into £6.50 per hour stacking shelves at the supermarket having £25 deducting from my pittance of a pay cheque every month to pay off a combined education debt of £58k.
So yea I guess that’s why a marching mob is mad, the profile may not fit everyone nor do I condone vandalism of any sort but I can at least guarantee that maybe 30-60% share that sentiment…
Either way I’ll be sure to make a visit to this Cereal Killer Café because as someone who loves nothing more than a bowl of cereal at 3am whilst making beats, there’s so many on display to try. It’s pretty much like going into your favourite sneaker store and paying £5 per try on.