Wednesday, August 20, 2003


John Hudock at Common Sense & Wonder pointed me to this story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch which describes the life of an everyday panhandler on the streets of Richmond. Holding a sign that reads: "Homeless. Please help. God Bless," Derrick Walker has been a street person for five months and says,
"Why would I go to work and make $300 to $400 a week when I make $750 to $900 a week swinging a sign?"

By my calculations, that equates to an income between $39,000 and $46,000 per year. And I'm sure he's not paying taxes on it. I find this aspect of the story hard to believe. Read more here.

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