a reply to: muzzleflash
When I was using heroin, during the final two years of my heroin use when things got really bad, I started panhandling for money. I got really really
good at it but 50% of that was probably my "baby face". I think it could work for anyone though if A) you have the right sign to match your
appearance, an understanding of human psychology is useful here. When I say the right sign I mean what you have written on your sign, and B) you dont
mind being dishonest. My sign was about 60 to 90% honest depending on your standards... it was worded carefully to be as honest as possible because
that bothered me, lying to people. While my sign had a decent amount of honesty, that dropped to about 10 or 20% honesty for the people who actually
stopped to talk to me. I justified it as being better than stealing or hurting people physically. Or selling my or my gfs body.
If that is something you would consider, I could help you with more advice, I obviously wouldn't look down on you for it. The world is not always
fair, you cant always be fair either. I made over $100 in about 5 to 6 hours most days. Rain seemed to hurt my profits. Sun helped. Location was the
2nd most important factor besides appearance. Some people actually rub dirt on their selves to look more "homeless". I went the opposite direction. I
wanted people to think one of their own had landed in a bad spot.
I'm moving soon, funds are low, i am in debt, but depending what size you are, I have some clothes if you are interested. We are trying to get rid of
a bunch of stuff before we move. My clothes range from "urban white boy", to "preppy white boy". I guess I could mail them somewhere? I dunno. Let me
know and we will figure something out. Something I hand out to the homeless sometimes is socks. Not always brand new, but just clean socks, good
socks. Not holey or dirty looking, i throw those away. But people living on the street need socks.. Oftentimes they will stop what they are doing and
change their socks right then and there, throwing the old ones away.
Im not rich, but Im not homeless. I wouldve been, but I just got lucky with women who love me and take care of me... Its one good thing about leaving
a trail of 20 failed relationships...SOME of those women still care about me! If I had managed to make my first relationship last over 20 years and
then that failed...Id have nobody. (i am what they call "sans family")
Enough about me. Let me know if theres anything I can do to help you. Nice preppy clothes are good for panhandling AND job interviews. I also got
offered at least 5 jobs during my time panhandling, so there's that too... you meet a lot of people who want to help.
My lady friend does some somewhat extreme couponing, she always has extra hygeine products for men that she got for free or 10% of the normal price.
So let me know what you need and let us send you a care package at least. Pm me and dont be afriad to ask for something else random you need if
something pops in your head. I have other people I can reach out to even though I myself may not have much.
I wish I could do much more. But I can hardly take care of myself. Its a truely sad state of affairs. But I'm recovering from a toxic lifestyle so
hopefully that can change. Maybe this shouldve been a PM but, maybe someone else closer to you or with more resources will see this and have some way
to be helpful.
Also please don't take offense at my offering advice. I know there could potentially be several good reasons why you don't want to hold a sign or why
that wouldn't work for you. But it worked for me and I would do it again if I had to, and it worked so well, I felt I would be remiss not to at least
I know we talked a while back but I can't remember if I mentioned the sign holding before. If I did then im sorry for appearing to be pushy. I know
youre probably in a kind of sensitive situation. I am sure you've had a million different people tell you a million different ways you should be able
to solve your problems. Or, even more frustratingly, having a million people repeat the same things over and over.
Good luck man. Let me know...