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February 11, 2005

"tell me off... $2"

The homeless guy who sleeps in the stairwell landing at the subway stop I come out of near work has a sign:
Tell Me Off
$2.00

I can't help but wonder if anyone takes him up on the offer. I mean, yes, New Yorkers like to tell people off, but I don't think they're willing to pay for it. And anyone who wants to give him $2 is likely too kind-hearted to tell him off. Maybe it gives some people a chuckle and opens their wallets, but it just makes me sad.

(No, I haven't given him anything. I'm not against panhandling on principal, as I once was, but I have yet to figure out what kind of system I should use for deciding when/how much to give. And I'm loathe to do it arbitrarily. In general, I prefer to donate to charities that help the indigent.)

Posted by ljh at February 11, 2005 01:13 PM

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