The front page story of today's New York Post profiles a guy who claims to make $200 an hour begging on the streets
I almost hate to bring this up because I'm certain the majority of
those with their hands out are really needy. But the story brings to
mind an experience a friend of mine went through.
This friend is
a successful Midtown businessman and everyday walking from Penn Station
to his office he sees a young man begging. He'd daily reach into his
pocket and hand the young man some cash. After awhile they got to know
each other a bit and my friend decided to make him his project.
cleaned him up. Got him a place to live. The promise of a job. And
placement in a highly respected substance abuse clinic where he dried
out and kicked his heroin habit but just for a New York minute. But
during the short period when he was dry and appreciative of what my
friend did for him he acknowledged that he had a $200 a day habit which
he satisfied by begging for money. Which is exactly what my friend heard
he is doing again