How much do panhandlers really make? Can you possibly make a living at this? How much of a difference does a funny sign make? Will people give to a guy in a banana suit? Does every sign have to say "God Bless?" Important questions. I aim to find the answers. Give me a dollar. God Bless.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Working Watt I-80

Today I panhandled at Watt and Interstate 80. No costume or clever signs. Just an army jacket and a sign reading "Please Help God Bless". Later I addes "H.S. Dropout." This was cool as several folks excitedly told me that they were dropouts too. One woman pointed this out to her daughter, lest her daughter think of dropping out.
In one hour I made $8.50, two bus passes and a chocolate covered granola bar, melted. I didn't have the heart to tell the lady that I couldn't eat it as I am a vegan.
Three people told me to get a job, one of whom was very passionate about it and suggested I put down my sign and go to the Wendy's I was next to and get a job.
Eightfifty's more than minimum wage, but not by much. Can you help with a little donation? I need some chamomile tea to help me sleep. C'mon, what's a buck? God Bless.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Ooga Booga said...

Following your odyssey very closely. If it proves lucrative, I might be tempted to drop everything and adopt your lifestyle.

Though I must say people seem to be nicer to panhandlers in your town than in mine; you actually get people to talk to you!

5:55 AM

 
Blogger thepanhandler said...

I don't know. My record right now is one hour, and that was hard. I'm going to do a full 8 hour day once before this is done, but man it kicks your ass.

7:26 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed our local 'pro' panhandlers aren't out on weekends. Is there a reason for that?

7:44 PM

 
Blogger thepanhandler said...

Well, I've been doing mostly Sunday, but I can think of several reasons to keep it to weekdays. Mainly, you want to be out there durring the busiest commuter hours. You'll hit the most potential doners durring rush hour. But another reason is the panhandlers are people to, and probably participate in some fun weekend activities. Sure they can go to the river anytime, but it's more fun to go when other folks are there, pretty girls, and music. The might be watching the game on the TV at the local shelter or in a motel if they had a real good week. Some of them might be with their kids, able to panhandle only when their kids are at school. There are many many homeless kids out there going to public schools or special school's like Sacramento's Mustard Seed School. These schools are great and deserve our support.
That's my 2 cents, no gimme a dollar and I'll be 98 cents ahead.

7:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut the whole god bless thing. I wont give to any one who says god bless. Unless of course you explain which god you are talking about. If its the christan god then NO. Thoes people who believe that in that god think only they are rightand true in their thoughts. So expect only thoes same believers to give. Why would I or any one else give to someone who is so closed minded that they cant except other peoples faith?!

12:26 PM

 
Blogger thepanhandler said...

Calm down. Take a deep breath. People put God Bless because it gets them money. It's going to reach a large segment of the population because most people believe in one form of god or another.
I put it as parody.
I am an atheist.
God bless.


PS: Please be open minded and accepting toward Christians. Some of them are real nice people.
God Bless

12:38 PM

 
Anonymous Kieran said...

I didn't have the heart to tell the lady that I couldn't eat it as I am a vegan.

I originally read that as virgin, and had concocted a complicated scenario in my head where your sexual inexperience denied you the ability to eat chocolate. o.O

Good on you!

3:50 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second! Watt and I-80?!?

Are you in sacramento?! OMG I am so hunting you down with a $5 bill in my hand!

1:41 PM

 
Blogger thepanhandler said...

E-mail me, whylieineedadrink@yahoo.com
and I'll let ya know where I'm gonna be.
Otherwise, why not paypal it to me? I'll send you an autographed picture of my colon!

1:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get a picture of your colon? I have always wanted to show-off my "inner-self", maybe this would help.

11:08 AM

 
Blogger thepanhandler said...

The picture of my colon came from my colonoscopy. I'm a bit young to have had this procedure, but my colon was acting up and it had to be taught a lesson.
I am serious that anyone give me a buck can have said picture e-mailed to them by request, or autographed and sent by mail if they give two bucks or more. I'll only publicize this here in the comments, cuz I want to be about panhandling not selling colon pics. But I'll do like the televangelists and call if "Your free gift for a donation of $2 or more!!!"

4:12 PM

 
Anonymous Dave said...

Hey, I always wanted to stand by the road with a sign that reads, "Will work for sex. God bless you." My wife would kick my ass, though.

8:31 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wear a clean white shirt- Sign reads:
"Saving for slacks for an interview.
God Bless"

"Your ad here for $$$"

"I need to be adopted, but money will help. God Bless"

"If you lived here, you'd already be home. God Bless"

9:07 AM

 
Anonymous Jim Said said...

Wear a clean white shirt- Sign reads:
"Saving for slacks for an interview.
God Bless"

"Your ad here for $$$"

"I need to be adopted, but money will help. God Bless"

"If you lived here, you'd already be home. God Bless"

9:08 AM

 

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