posted on Jul, 4 2007 @ 06:00 PM
The three things that are key to identification are
Change your profile by changing eyewear to/from contacts or eyeglasses, or sunglasses if you never wear them. Grow a beard if male, or shave it.
Changing your weight radically can throw off even people who "know you" well.
Gait is how you walk. Think about it, you can recognize your Mom, sister or wife's high heels clip-clopping from around a corner in any public
building. It's the rythmn that gives us all away, regardless of gender. Taping a penny in one shoe can change your "walk" enough to throw
Context is your surroundings. How many times have you failed to remember someone's name from work when you met them in public unexpectedly. . . .
You don't have to be dirty to be a panhandler. Just skipping baths for 2 days will do the trick. And wear old shoes. In US culture, bathing is a
measure of status. Even before you stink, people tag you as a "hobo" if you don't shave and bathe.
You can buy a car for cash. Most cops will not pull over a car with dealer's tags, due to the unverifiable nature of dealer's registration. Just
copy the tag, and alter the date. In most states, the tag merely has the dealer's serial number, and a hand-written expiration date for a
month from the purchase. You can make your own convincing piece of posterboard that will keep any disinterested cop from pulling you over.
Like Chris Rock says, the best way to keep from being hassled by the cops is to stop doing illegal ****. This goes double if you're on the run.
Don't drink, don't smoke, and don't wear flashy clothes.
Having no visible tatoos is a definite plus.
Public spaces are a great place to beat the heat. Libraries and churches have great air conditioning and clean restrooms. Churches often give away
food for the needy, without asking questions.
You don't have to "hide" in the woods. Just camp, and move every 4 days or so. If you don't come in a vehicle, then you usually don't have to
pay a day-use fee. When I was homeless, we stayed in a state park near austin, and only went into town to dumpster dive. I never needed to beg, and
I did just fine for about 6 months. I disappeared for a year, and my family was completely unable to find me. I never even had a personal encounter
with a cop in that time--a lot better than when I was a substance abusing college student.