This year Megaphone has started a sister paper relationship with the street paper in Bergen, Norway, which is called Megafon. As part of the collaboration, we wanted vendors from the two publications to have a chance to talk to each other and share their experiences. We’ll feature interviews between vendors from both papers over the course of this year.
In this first installment, Megaphone’s Peter Thompson interviewed Megafon’s Roger Torvisk. Peter is a 55-year-old Aboriginal man who is formerly homeless. Roger, who is 32 years old, is a heroin user.
Peter Thompson: How did you get involved in selling Megafon?
Roger Torsvik: It was either selling magazines or being a criminal. I want a life after this, and I don’t want to start that life by paying debts. I work every day, and I have sold Megafon since October 2013. I don’t have any other possibilities; I was actually on the street begging for money. I felt unworthy.
It’s better to sell Megafon than being a criminal. Once I tried to buy a phone with somebody else’s credit card. The police came. I just smiled and said: I guess I’m not very good at this. The police told me I was once of the nicest criminals they’ve met in a while.