Sir Alfred Lived in an Airport for 18 Years

Sir Alfred Lived in an Airport for 18 Years. Beginning in the late 1980s, a man who went by the name “Sir Alfred” lived on a red bench inside a pre-departures terminal of Charles de Gaulle international airport in Paris for eighteen years. To this day, no one is sure why. ///// simoniainsmith I met ‘Sir Alfred’ when I was a student studying in France in 1995. His experience had clearly affected his mental faculties and there were no MacDonalds at that time. He survived off what people left him, I can remember him having a washbag and headphones from an airline. He wandered the airport like a lost soul.///// Lukav The airport was probably the first place where he felt accepted by people around him in his life, and that's rather sad //// josh Stagg I actually related a lot to the story. We may all find ourselves stuck in an airport at some point, perhaps more metaphorical rather than literal. In an unfortunate stagnant situation, we might find comfort, unwilling to thrust ourselves forth to improve the situation ///// SmittenKitten Incredible how the mind can hold one hostage, in this case, both psychologically and physically.////// stip Easy case. He becomes comfortable and feared leaving that norm he came to accept. I was homeless for years. when I finally pulled myself out of the shit I found myself sleeping outside or being inside but wanting to be outside as it gave me the normal feeling I accepted and changing it was hardly a took time. Even though I paid rent/work etc I still found myself wanting to be outside. Even in the cold. Our minds are complex. No one could understand him because they never suffered the same mental state //// Boimah Sambola I lived in an airport for about 2-3 months once. It's so depressing seeing everyone else come and go with their families/friends while you're not going ANYWHERE. Subway was my daily meal. It's a noisy busy place to try to sleep..and it's FREEZING cold at night. I assume they crank up the AC to prevent homeless folks. I can't imagine this man's mental status after all of this./////Jean Roeder I had my passport stolen in Beijing, fortunately, I had copies of my passport secured and within a few days, the American Embassy was able to help me leave the country. Always keep copies of your paperwork on your personal being.//// SpitefulCrow There are prisoners who spend so long in prison they become institutionalized, unable to function in a normal society where they have real freedom. I think this man is sort of the same way. He might've been afraid to leave, afraid of the world outside. In the airport, he was safe, warm, dry, had people looking out for him, no bills to worry about, etc. Everything was more or less taken care of.////// ninalights This is a fascinating story. The narrator was excellent. If I had known you could live in an airport in France, I would have stayed there many of times. However, my favorite airport is the one in Switzerland. I was only there for a few hours but it was awfully nice, I met some interesting people, and I really enjoyed myself. But for 18 years, I don't know about that. ///// Safi Nasir The amount of emotional strain drips from his eyes. I cannot imagine what he has gone through, it's just appalling. Best of luck Sir Alfred, because we humans have hope. I hope the rest of your life you live in peace and happiness.////// POSTED BY SPYROS PETER GOUDAS TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA under HOMELESS SHELTERS HOPE