10 Unusual Panhandlers
1Panhandling for New Boobs
Well, one woman is giving it a try. Chrissy Lance is hoping that generous drivers in Akron, Ohio will give her enough money to get breast implants. Her sign is honest; she's not homeless. She even has a job at a bar.
The single mom tells drivers that breast implants would really boost her self-esteem. She plans to keep going out in her bikini until she raises enough money. It might take a while, though. When WKYC caught up with her, she only had $90. Of course, that was before her efforts made national headlines.
2Police Officers Dress as Homeless People to Spot Distracted Drivers
However, this sign's wording was different from the usual begging appeal; “My name is Constable Mike Cairns. If you are reading this sign you are about to get a cell phone ticket.” Witness the latest police tactic in the crackdown on distracted drivers.
Across Canada, police officers have been dressing as panhandlers and clutching cardboard signs to mimic the curbside come-ons in order to get close enough to see drivers using handheld phones while driving. In a growing list of cities, the unusual undercover tactic is snagging motorists who are texting, dialing, emailing, or holding cell phones.
3Mom Tries to Raise Money for Her Son's Art School Tuition
Curley estimates that she hauls in about $45 per hour - and that's tax-free, mind you. She has to fight for her location, which is a highly profitable place to be.
4New Yorker Panhandles for a Rich Wife
He commutes once a week from his two-bedroom apartment in Bradley Beach, N.J. to seek love in Manhattan, panhandling for affection beneath a sandwich board. ”I'm looking for a wealthy lady to be my wife,” reads his entreaty, written in multi-colored marker.
The cardboard and duct tape sign folds into a neat square when Darling takes it to and from his home using New Jersey Transit. For nearly a decade, he has donned the portable personal advertisement at his three preferred love-seeking locations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbus Circle, and Wall Street.
5Homeless Man with a Golden Voice Finds a Job After Panhandling
Before being discovered, he was a beggar during the day, holding up a cardboard sign, and he slept in a makeshift tent behind an abandoned petrol station at night.
A year after his overnight success, he has been in rehab twice, worked with Entertainment Tonight (whose producers also helped him achieve sobriety), and landed a voice-over spot in a Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese commercial. He is set to release a book chronicling his story.
6Astrologer Doing Reverse Panhandling
Among Brezsny's performance art extravaganzas is his "Reverse Panhandling" show. At least once a year, he enjoys standing at the exit ramp of a major highway holding a handful of five-dollar bills and a cardboard sign that reads, "I need to give; I love to help; please take my money." To date, he has distributed $935 to both rich and poor motorists alike.
7Homeless Man Runs a Religious Poll Via Panhandling
8Justice-Seeking Producer Poses with a Sign Reading "LIAR" Next to a Phony Beggar
Therefore, WZZM13 reporters hit the streets and uncovered a number of phonies who have been telling flat-out lies in order to persuade generous passersby to give them donations. One such faker is Rudy, a middle-aged man who holds a sign that reads “homeless vet,” but he never actually served.
When WGRD caught wind of the scandal, the radio producers decided to take matters into their own hands and force the con artist off of his corner. Producer Joe joined Rudy at his busy intersection with a cardboard sign that read “LIAR” in big, blocky, red and yellow letters with an arrow pointing in the vet's direction.
Rudy bolted from his corner once he spotted Joe (and even tried momentarily to get the police on his side), but soon he just rode off. However, Joe didn't stop there.
He set up his own fundraising mission at Rudy's former stomping grounds the following day and collected $1,085 for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, a residence for vets that sits on 90 acres of land.
9American Idol Failure Begs for Money
His name's Magic Cyclops, and you may remember him as the air guitar-playing, bandana-wearing weirdo who fired confetti out of his pants during his audition in Aspen in 2012.
The judges unanimously rejected him -- no surprise -- but now he's found success outside of the music biz by panhandling on the side of a freeway in Fort Collins, CO.
Magic tells us that since his massively public American Idol rejection, no one has wanted to hire his one-man band because "now people know I don't have the talent I thought I had.” But after reading an article about homeless people making up to $30k a year just from begging, Magic was inspired, so he decided to hit the road with a cardboard sign.
10Panhandling Against Justin Bieber
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