OpinionBeware good samaritans: Beggars can make more money than you
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-29 at 16:35:42   (8 comments)

On 2008-10-29 at 16:40:00, BorgClown wrote...
They can get from a couple of dollars to about $300 daily, depending. Interesting reading here: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2255/how-much-money-do-beggars-make
On 2008-10-29 at 16:54:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Presumably you need a constant stream of new people, as the same commuter seeing you several days in a row will probably ignore you after the first time. You could change locations, but for the best spots you'd be competing with other beggars.
On 2008-10-29 at 17:22:14, Thewrit wrote...
lee said it. after the first time, no more coins.
On 2008-10-30 at 03:52:04, BorgClown wrote...
There are beggar mafias, believe it or not. I've seen the beggar transport early in the morning, leaving each "employee" at their assigned post. I don't know how they pick them up though. There's even people who will have little kids and rent them to female beggars acting as if it were their own sick baby. To ease the work, those kids are usually drugged or alcoholized. It's sickening. Also in other countries, like India, people get kidnapped and mauled to transform them into profitable slave beggars.
On 2008-11-13 at 00:14:36, Pdxnick wrote...
they certainly have a system that seems to work. I have also seen one worker relieve another, get into position and immediately their face/mannerisms change...meanwhile the two other workers are in a bush somewhere close snacking and conversing. It pisses me off that this is completely overlooked and nothing is done to stop this..people are given a good feelings thinking that they really helped the guy out. but really it is feeding the addictions of many drug addicts and winos...
On 2008-11-13 at 06:25:45, BorgClown wrote...
@Pdxnick: That made me laugh. I imagined a blind and an invalid exchanging items and ailments.
On 2008-12-29 at 23:20:03, BorgClown wrote...
ha ha - http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/ComicArchive/133.htm
On 2008-12-31 at 08:23:08, Baslisks wrote...
street performers make a decent living on ball nights in my area of the world. Though they do a little more then thugging like those hobos.