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A Detroit homeless man has taken panhandling high-tech: He accepts credit cards on the 8 Mile highway overpass where he lives and created a website where he can be hired to work odd jobs.
Abe Hagenston, 42, who goes by "Honest Abe" on his website, told NBC affiliate WDIV he has been homeless for about a decade. He takes credit card donations through Square, a credit card reader that connects to cell phones
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: lostbook
There are people who make good money panhandling.
Obviously, he's not doing too badly if he can afford a cell.
Some people on the street really are down and out, and some are working your sympathy.
originally posted by: lostbook
originally posted by: tinner07
a reply to: combatmaster
it is messed up when a man a can make more money doing that in the motor city than working.
That's the point I am alluding to. If you're smart about it, homelessness is a good money making venture.
Yeah I've known people that thought it was funny to screw with homeless people. I live in Warren on the boarder of Detroit. I see homeless people all the time along 8 mile rd. I'm one step away from being homeless myself. I don't have much but I help them out whenever I see them. I give pocket change or some smokes.
originally posted by: BMorris
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
Having known a number of homeless people, theres a good reason for this. A lot of idiots think its funny to contaminate the food / drink they give the homeless. So unless they are stood next to you as you buy it for them, they won't accept it.