Multimillionaire invents ‘bin pods’ for the homeless by joining two wheelie bins

A multi-millionaire Brexit Party candidate has invented a bin for homeless people to sleep in.

Peter Dawe fashioned the 'sleep pod' out of two red wheelie bins, which turn on a hinge to create enough room for someone to lie down in.

The entrepreneur, who picked up 1.9% of the votes when he ran in the General Election in Cambridge last year, says the nifty invention costs just £100.

Mr Dawe, who has dozens of companies and projects listed on his website, believes the invention can have a global impact.

  • Mum rages after friend 'steals' baby name she had picked for her daughter

  • Rogue doctor Ian Paterson harmed up to 1,000 women after 'dysfunctional' NHS failings

“I saw on the telly rough sleepers complaining they had been kicked and pissed upon," he explained.

“Lying on the street in a sleeping bag, you are very vulnerable.”

Mr Dawe came up with the idea after building a prototype for a single person car, also from a bin.

In undertaking R and D for the vehicular-waste disposal unit he got inside a bin and discovered how comfortable it was.

  • Dad accused of murdering toddler daughter 'caused catalogue of injuries to her'

“I was actually quite delighted,” Mr Dawe of Ely, Cambridgeshire, said of the results.

“It was definitely comfier than sleeping on the ground in a tent. It was totally draught proof, in fact it’s storm proof.

“It’s really cosy, comfortable and dry.”

However, the businessman admitted that the design had caused some eyebrows to be raised.

“It is a Marmite design,” he continued.

“Some people think it’s genius, others are actually horrified.

“It’s denigrating to be rough sleeping – end of story.

“I think it is more comfortable and more secure sleeping in a sleep pod, rather than being huddled in a wet sleeping bag being kicked.

“I’m not solving homelessness or the rough sleeper problem, I’m just mitigating it or giving them the opportunity to.

“I try not to make any presumptions, and in my view no one should either.”

When asked whether he had slept in his invention himself, Mr Dawe said he has laid down in one for ten minutes.

He suggested that the product could be used as a storage space for clothes and other items in the day time.

When Mr Dawe took two of the prototypes to a local homeless shelter in Cambridge, no volunteers came forward to try it out.

The invention has attracted some scorn on social media.

Matthew Taylor said “This is possibly one of the worst and most demeaning inventions I've ever seen.

“Bear in mind that you could buy a cheap tent for that price and it might actually work to sleep in.

Graeme Stewart said: “People genuinely think shipping containers for the homeless are a great idea.

“Well this is next level stuff.

“I don’t know whether to laugh in disbelief or cry.”

Whether or not his invention catches on, the need for a solution to the problem of rough sleeping is clear.

Between 2010 and 2018 the number of people sleeping on the streets rose by 165% across the UK to 4,677.

Source: Read Full Article