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Professional Beggars

Professional beggars, also known as “panhandlers” are common in most American cities. Most will have some kind of “hard luck story.” A common story is that they are stuck and need just a few dollars for train-fare to get somewhere. The story might be long and elaborate. Some will just look as miserable as possible and hold out a paper cup, or attempt to wash your automobile windshield (even if it is already clean). No matter how convincing the story may seem–and a professional panhandler can be very convincing–it will be untrue ninety-nine out of a hundred times. You would do much more good contributing directly to one of the many charities that help homeless people.

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