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Old Yesterday, 08:40 AM
 
Location: The South
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Who said panhandlers are ditching their jobs? Maybe it's a second job for them.
We have a few at certain locations and it is their primary job, as they are there every day.
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Old Yesterday, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Then how come you all aren't panhandling? If it's so prosperous and easy, why aren't you guys on a corner somewhere??

Did Forbes publish it's lost of America's wealthiest homeless guys? I missed it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:58 AM
 
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Look at all the benefits panhandling has to offer.

1 You get to work outside.
2 You are able to meet a lot of people.
3 You set your own hours.
4 Switching job locations is easy. Just move to the next street light.
5 Best benefit of all is your 'earnings' are not taxed.
Not only that, but you can come to work under the influence of whatever your drug of choice is, there are no random blood or urine tests, you aren't likely to ruin your back doing manual labor, and you don't have to deal with a Manager, let alone having to do "annual reviews" or other nonsense. You can also tell your customers to "fuggoff" if they give you any lip, try doing that when you work at Home Depot.

Yesterday, a guy with a mournful face came past my car with the standard handwritten "Please help, I'm homeless and very hungry" sign. I recognized him as the same Barry Manilow-looking guy who's been selling flowers on every southwest side intersection for the last twenty years - although he did look a little more down on his luck than when he was selling roses. The change in demeanor is amazing if you watch these guys, they walk "normally" (with vigor) on the side of the road when the light is green - but when the light turns red and the traffic stops, they hunch over their shoulders, stare at the ground, and shuffle slowly between the lines of cars, designed to evoke pity in the minds of the potential givers. Hey, if it makes the people who fall for this stuff happy by giving them money, God Bless, but I'm sure not in their camp.

Another story, by buddy was parked in a lot for some reason, and a guy with one leg was walking with a crutch and a sign, and making pretty good coin. After a while, the guy retreated to a far corner of the same lot as my buddy, put on a prosthetic leg, and proceeded to climb onto a nice mountain bike. My buddy drove over and complimented him on his sales technique, and gave him a buck for talking to him. The guy was all bright-eyed and bushy tailed as he agreed with my buddy that he had a pretty good gig going - nice work if you can get it.
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Old Yesterday, 11:02 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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If the economy is sooo great, why are people ditching their jobs to panhandle? I have never seen so many panhandlers asking for "spare" change. Why work for a crappy job when you can get so much tax free cash?
I knew a couple who did just that. They'd beg at the off ramps, the female would pull in more than the guy did, but he said they'd average $125-$150 a day for 5-7 hours of standing.

I once was at a store, saw a near new car come in and the driver parked way off in a corner. Got out in ragged clothes, milk crate, lunchbox and a CARDBOARD SIGN....Never gave a penny to them afterward...

One of the worst ones was a guy who was begging at the off ramp to Jantzen Beach and this was near the bars which had gambling machines. One guy was there with his "I am a 30 year vet" sign. Well, he was getting a nice pension, but he'd take the begging money and gamble with it. Never spent his own...
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Old Yesterday, 01:04 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There was a news reporter that did a story on panhandlers in Seattle, working near Pike Place Market during the summer tourist/cruise season. They were averaging $300/ day tax free cash. That’s $6,000/month, the equivalent of $37.50/hour if they are “working” 40 hours a week. A lot easier than actual jobs, no boss, no chance of layoffs, no need for a degree or experience, no tax to pay.
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Old Yesterday, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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No benefits, no pension, no self respect.
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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
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Scammer in NYC

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Old Yesterday, 02:34 PM
 
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Not from me it doesn’t.
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Old Yesterday, 03:26 PM
 
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I sat through several cycles of a broken left turn arrow and watched a bum make at least $40 in about 12 minutes. I saw most of the bills handed to him and they were 5's and one ten. There were ones too, but mostly 5's. If it kept up like that all day he made a fortune, although that was rush hour. I'm certain he could have made $800 a day easily, I know he got there at 7 or before and was there until dark. That's awfully good and easy money.
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I sat through several cycles of a broken left turn arrow and watched a bum make at least $40 in about 12 minutes. I saw most of the bills handed to him and they were 5's and one ten. There were ones too, but mostly 5's. If it kept up like that all day he made a fortune, although that was rush hour. I'm certain he could have made $800 a day easily, I know he got there at 7 or before and was there until dark. That's awfully good and easy money.
Is my math right? More than $200,000 per year, tax free, working 5 days a week?
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