Panhandling: The numbers

Interesting stats from a study of panhandlers: Average income $300/month from begging + $200/month from “other sources” Average alcohol/drug expenditure per month $80 Average tobacco spending per month $112 A quarter of those surveyed spend $600/month or more on drugs

Sign of the times

This morning I saw a fat, bearded homeless man with a shopping cart full of bundles of I-don’t-know-what tied inside plastic bags. He was leaning over a trash can—reading a discarded copy of the Wall Street Journal intently. Checking his Enron stock, perhaps?