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Old 03-06-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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Default How much do the homeless panhandling make?

I heard those at a good location, like the exit ramp off of I-680 at the Sun Valley Mall in Concord, can pocket $600 a day. So that makes $3,000 a week or $12,000+ a month tax free. Does this number sound about right?
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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I was told by a police officer in the Seattle area that many of the on-ramp panhandlers are not even homeless, but just people that find the work easier and with better pay than they can get in a real job. They were talking about $400-500/day.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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I heard those at a good location, like the exit ramp off of I-680 at the Sun Valley Mall in Concord, can pocket $600 a day. So that makes $3,000 a week or $12,000+ a month tax free. Does this number sound about right?
Something tells me that you are smoking more potent stuff than the homeless do
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I see some very generous people sometimes giving out money. If I would guess, I think it is like maybe 6 bucks every 2 hours.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:32 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I lost my job a month ago, if things get much worse I may need to find out..
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:56 AM
 
Location: AK, CA, FL, WA, AUS
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I heard those at a good location, like the exit ramp off of I-680 at the Sun Valley Mall in Concord, can pocket $600 a day. So that makes $3,000 a week or $12,000+ a month tax free. Does this number sound about right?

The majority don't make much at all...but I'm sure if you are smart enough and willing to work hard and lose all your morals and self-esteem...you can bank. I'm sure the "Bush Man" makes great money in Fisherman's Wharf.

One of my professors was telling me a story back when I was in school on how she gave money to a homeless man...she pulled up in a Mercedes...he looked really bad so she gave him some money...later that day as she was going into her car, she saw the homeless man go into a NEWER MODEL Mercedes and drive off...her brother or husband was a police man and she gave him the license plate information etc, but I thought that was funny.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I was told by a police officer in the Seattle area that many of the on-ramp panhandlers are not even homeless, but just people that find the work easier and with better pay than they can get in a real job. They were talking about $400-500/day.
Why would you be homeless if you're making $500/day cash?
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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Why would you be homeless if you're making $500/day cash?
As I said, many of them are not homeless. They are scammers, and there are many idiots making less than them working hard all day that fall for it
and cheerfully hand them a $10-20 bill.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:05 PM
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My guess is the day to day grind of panhandling can vary. I mean outside of the people making music at bart stations (and they probably are not homeless) or after a ball game I never see those people with a lot of cash, most just pass them by.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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As I said, many of them are not homeless. They are scammers, and there are many idiots making less than them working hard all day that fall for it
and cheerfully hand them a $10-20 bill.
And this is why I don't do handouts. I always like to bring up the example of the old black guy with the cane who camps out at the metering lights from Capitol Expressway to 101 in Evergreen. He's there when the lights are on, then goes home to his mobile or condo or whatever. He seems to be able to survive pretty well on those 4 hours or so that they're on.
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