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2013-03-27 08:57:16 AM
fark the post
 
2013-03-27 08:58:28 AM
Jeezus, the Post cannot let this go.  We've know the guy was a scam artist for months now, stop beating the drum on this.  While it's sad the random act of kindness was wasted on a scam artist, that doesn't change there are still thousands of genuinely needy people in the City.

Also, the cop who did this could not have spent a better hundred bucks considering the attention and praise he received.  Not that I believe he did it for those reasons, but he DID get his money's worth.
 
2013-03-27 09:31:58 AM
[Obvious]
 
2013-03-27 09:44:46 AM
Remember the last time this story was greenlit?  Evidently not.
 
2013-03-27 10:15:14 AM

serial_crusher: Remember the last time this story was greenlit?  Evidently not.


I think we do and I think that's exactly the point, they're beating this into the ground.
 
2013-03-27 10:45:39 AM
Eat the poor, it's the only way to make sure they aren't taking advantage of your charity.
 
2013-03-27 10:47:46 AM
wtf, I thought this was an old story so I click on it and it says it is from today?
 
2013-03-27 10:48:23 AM
Acts of kindness don't count if the recipient is less than saintly. The Bible says so, right?
 
2013-03-27 10:48:27 AM
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-03-27 10:49:08 AM
The moral of the story is this:

Never Help Anyone
 
2013-03-27 10:49:22 AM

Ennuipoet: Jeezus, the Post cannot let this go.   We've know the guy was a scam artist for months now, stop beating the drum on this.  While it's sad the random act of kindness was wasted on a scam artist, that doesn't change there are still thousands of genuinely needy people in the City.

Also, the cop who did this could not have spent a better hundred bucks considering the attention and praise he received.  Not that I believe he did it for those reasons, but he DID get his money's worth.


Fox Media Benghazi Homeless Story.

And trust me, for every story about one playing the system like this guy, there are dozens hundreds thousands of others who are not that enterprising or have the life arrangement to make a scam like this happen.

Far be it from the Post's excellent journalism methods to spend time discussing that.
 
2013-03-27 10:51:17 AM
hey larry deprimo--

Illegitimi non carborundum
 
2013-03-27 10:51:38 AM
Old news is so exciting. A day after this story came out months ago it was reported he already had an apartment and was receiving money monthly.
 
2013-03-27 10:51:40 AM
Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.
 
2013-03-27 10:57:53 AM

victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.


I haven't seen the accordion guy and his daughter in a while.  They must not make as much on the N/Q.

A guy on the subway once was telling stories about being a veteran, homeless, etc. so I offered to buy him a meal at the next stop expecting him to decline and just want money.  Much to my surprise he accepted and I bought him lunch and more food to take with him afterwards.  He was almost in tears afterwards, but I know that is an extremely rare event.  The really annoying "performers" are kids who swing around on the center poles making the entire aisle useless.

/CSB?
//just part of the game here
 
2013-03-27 10:59:02 AM
not only has an apartment but pockets as much as several hundred dollars a day while pretending to be homeless.

I pocket several hundred dollars a day sitting in a climate-controlled building and playing on the Internet all day.  I don't envy him.
 
2013-03-27 11:01:22 AM

Ennuipoet: Also, the cop who did this could not have spent a better hundred bucks considering the attention and praise he received.


What about everyone else who gave to this guy? And the people they could have helped who really needed it?
 
2013-03-27 11:02:19 AM

Texas Method: The moral of the story is this:

Never Help Anyone


As someone who lives in NYC, This.


I am as liberal as they get, yet I give not a dime to anyone on the streets.
 
2013-03-27 11:07:14 AM
I hope someone follows him home and cuts his feet off.

Or he gets gang green.

I work with a guy who inherited millions and eats in soup kitchens everyday. He literally spends nothing and lives off of others like this guy does but worse. I know that almost no one on fark believes in god, but I do. I personally believe that when he learns the lesson god has to teach him he won't have a penny left.
 
2013-03-27 11:07:48 AM
More proof that there really is no such thing as "the homeless".
 
2013-03-27 11:10:36 AM

OMG! We're All Gonna Die!: I hope someone follows him home and cuts his feet off.

Or he gets gang green.

I work with a guy who inherited millions and eats in soup kitchens everyday. He literally spends nothing and lives off of others like this guy does but worse. I know that almost no one on fark believes in god, but I do. I personally believe that when he learns the lesson god has to teach him he won't have a penny left.


Your friend is probably mentally ill actually.
 
2013-03-27 11:13:31 AM
Government shouldn't help the homeless. Charity will take care of it.

Don't waste your charity on the homeless because they could be scammers.
 
2013-03-27 11:16:31 AM

GuyFawkes: victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.

I haven't seen the accordion guy and his daughter in a while.  They must not make as much on the N/Q.

A guy on the subway once was telling stories about being a veteran, homeless, etc. so I offered to buy him a meal at the next stop expecting him to decline and just want money.  Much to my surprise he accepted and I bought him lunch and more food to take with him afterwards.  He was almost in tears afterwards, but I know that is an extremely rare event.  The really annoying "performers" are kids who swing around on the center poles making the entire aisle useless.

/CSB?
//just part of the game here


Oh I hate the "acrobats"! Making me feel like I'm about to get kicked in the face does not inspire me to open my wallet.
 
2013-03-27 11:16:52 AM

tripleseven: Texas Method: The moral of the story is this:

Never Help Anyone

As someone who lives in NYC, This.


I am as liberal as they get, yet I give not a dime to anyone on the streets.


I've developed a Bum Sixth Sense, I know when I about to be hit up, I know when it's a scam and I know the ones that I will throw a buck at.  A straight up "Can I have a dollar" works better than "I need a quarter for the train".  Also, any homeless guy with shoes more expensive than mine doesn't a get anything.
 
2013-03-27 11:17:40 AM

victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.


Yeah, I give to charities that help people, too. It's tax-deductible AND organizations can use their buying power to get better deals on food and everyday goods, so your donation goes farther.
 
2013-03-27 11:17:53 AM
"You got a Benz, I got a busket."
 
2013-03-27 11:19:06 AM

victrin: Oh I hate the "acrobats"! Making me feel like I'm about to get kicked in the face does not inspire me to open my wallet.



What if they made it a strip tease?
 
2013-03-27 11:21:58 AM

The_Sponge: "You got a Benz, I got a busket."


Fish Boots?
 
2013-03-27 11:23:07 AM
Wow, a panhandler not being as destitute as he seems. No urbanite has ever experienced such subterfuge before! Is the obvious tag on holiday?
 
2013-03-27 11:25:24 AM
It's a rerun of The Man with the Twisted Lip...
 
2013-03-27 11:26:03 AM

victrin:  

Oh I hate the "acrobats"! Making me feel like I'm about to get kicked in the face does not inspire me to open my wallet.


They are the worst!  Right before Christmas they were doing their routine on the N and when they didn't get a single tip they became very irritated, insulting everyone who was carrying a shopping bag from what they perceived as a "rich person store".  I never considered giving them anything but now they are on my "most hated subway beggars" list for sure.
 
2013-03-27 11:27:17 AM

Ennuipoet: tripleseven: Texas Method: The moral of the story is this:

Never Help Anyone

As someone who lives in NYC, This.


I am as liberal as they get, yet I give not a dime to anyone on the streets.

I've developed a Bum Sixth Sense, I know when I about to be hit up, I know when it's a scam and I know the ones that I will throw a buck at.  A straight up "Can I have a dollar" works better than "I need a quarter for the train".  Also, any homeless guy with shoes more expensive than mine doesn't a get anything.


Panhandler Party (some NSFW language)
 
2013-03-27 11:30:57 AM

The_Sponge: victrin: Oh I hate the "acrobats"! Making me feel like I'm about to get kicked in the face does not inspire me to open my wallet.


What if they made it a strip tease?


There's a guy in heels on the L train that does pole dancing occasionally.
 
2013-03-27 11:33:43 AM

victrin: GuyFawkes: victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.

I haven't seen the accordion guy and his daughter in a while.  They must not make as much on the N/Q.

A guy on the subway once was telling stories about being a veteran, homeless, etc. so I offered to buy him a meal at the next stop expecting him to decline and just want money.  Much to my surprise he accepted and I bought him lunch and more food to take with him afterwards.  He was almost in tears afterwards, but I know that is an extremely rare event.  The really annoying "performers" are kids who swing around on the center poles making the entire aisle useless.

/CSB?
//just part of the game here

Oh I hate the "acrobats"! Making me feel like I'm about to get kicked in the face does not inspire me to open my wallet.


I ride the R regularly, so I see the acrobats once a week. It's impressive that they don't managed to kick people in the face every farking time they do it, but fark me it's annoying.

There's also the weird big dude who talks in a super deep voice and dresses literally in rags who walks through the trains, too.

Also, I know this is an asshole attitude of me, but I feel it every time I see the accordion guy with his pregnant wife and baby begging through the train. STOP REPRODUCING. This isn't a eugenics thing, I'm not begrudging their right to a family, but for fark's sake if you have to play a goddamn accordion on the subway to get by stop getting pregnant and making even more mouths to feed.

On the street, though, I don't really have any logic to giving away pocket change when I have it. The farking hipster kids who pull scams like TFA (and I've heard dozens of stories from other friends about them) make me seethe because they muddy and dilute the pot and make it feel even more awkward and stupid to give charity to anyone on the street. I'll still roll the dice and give a few coins if I can, but that people pull this kind of shiat is asinine.
 
2013-03-27 11:33:45 AM
Another liberal.
 
2013-03-27 11:34:19 AM

Nemo's Brother: Another liberal.


Hey, you're back! How long will you stay around before you get shamed into disappearing for months again, shiatlord?
 
2013-03-27 11:34:46 AM

homelessdude: Ennuipoet: Jeezus, the Post cannot let this go.   We've know the guy was a scam artist for months now, stop beating the drum on this.  While it's sad the random act of kindness was wasted on a scam artist, that doesn't change there are still thousands of genuinely needy people in the City.

Also, the cop who did this could not have spent a better hundred bucks considering the attention and praise he received.  Not that I believe he did it for those reasons, but he DID get his money's worth.

Fox Media Benghazi Homeless Story.

And trust me, for every story about one playing the system like this guy, there are dozens hundreds thousands of others who are not that enterprising or have the life arrangement to make a scam like this happen.

Far be it from the Post's excellent journalism methods to spend time discussing that.


Can't add much, just want to say I agree.
 
2013-03-27 11:35:51 AM

victrin: There's a guy in heels on the L train that does pole dancing occasionally.


I don't think he's an acrobat.
 
2013-03-27 11:36:34 AM

victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.


Don't forget the Peruvian ocarina bands with the "reverb" dial set to 11 on their battery-powered PA systems.
 
2013-03-27 11:37:41 AM

Thunderboy: Panhandler Party (some NSFW language)


Hah!  I'd not seen that!  It's like the A Train every morning!
 
2013-03-27 11:40:09 AM

tillerman35: victrin: Eh, I'm a New York native who gets panhandled every day; homeless, mariachi bands, accordion guy with young wife and baby, soul singers, down on his luck preacher, kid selling candy to stay off the streets, churro salesman, excon who just got out, runaways, hari krishna, musicians, etc, etc, etc. I NEVER give. What I do is support the charities and outreach shelters that provide tangible services to these people.

Don't forget the Peruvian ocarina bands with the "reverb" dial set to 11 on their battery-powered PA systems.


Or a large band playing on the already packed N/Q/R platform at Lexington-59th.  But all of that is still better than the day-old stench of a sleeping homeless person in a subway car at 6:00 AM!

/when you see a totally empty car when it's a busy hour just let it go
//it's not worth it
 
2013-03-27 11:43:29 AM
Yeah, Pan handling can make a lot of money, particularly if the pan handler looks pathetic. Or could be selling drugs too or something.

In other news, a common internet scam is the "OMG, catastrophe" that goes around. Usually starts like a mad lib(I/my spouse/my child/my BFF/my sister) can't pay bills because of (horrible medical condition) and we are out of food/money/about to be evicted/had our possesions stolen so please kind hearted people send money to (PO box/site here)
Some of these are legitimate, many not. I tend to ignore them because a lot of people have problems, myself included.
 
2013-03-27 11:43:48 AM

Thunderboy: Ennuipoet: tripleseven: Texas Method: The moral of the story is this:

Never Help Anyone

As someone who lives in NYC, This.


I am as liberal as they get, yet I give not a dime to anyone on the streets.

I've developed a Bum Sixth Sense, I know when I about to be hit up, I know when it's a scam and I know the ones that I will throw a buck at.  A straight up "Can I have a dollar" works better than "I need a quarter for the train".  Also, any homeless guy with shoes more expensive than mine doesn't a get anything.

Panhandler Party (some NSFW language)


For the win!
 
2013-03-27 11:44:52 AM

GuyFawkes: /when you see a totally empty car when it's a busy hour just let it go


This.

Morning commute mode: "Hey, that car looks almost empty! Wait... that car is almost empty. fark." *Pack into crowded car after it*
 
2013-03-27 11:45:06 AM

Bloody William: Also, I know this is an asshole attitude of me, but I feel it every time I see the accordion guy with his pregnant wife and baby begging through the train. STOP REPRODUCING. This isn't a eugenics thing, I'm not begrudging their right to a family, but for fark's sake if you have to play a goddamn accordion on the subway to get by stop getting pregnant and making even more mouths to feed.


Don't feel too bad, I used to ride the M out of Queens with this group every few days. If you pay attention the guy, woman and baby are rarely the same individuals. It is just a formula to inspire pity. It just needs to appear like they are a destitute young family. How else could the baby still be an infant after 4 years?
 
2013-03-27 11:45:54 AM
Good grief.  I know repeats are annoying.. but this one takes the cake.
 
2013-03-27 11:47:54 AM

Bloody William: GuyFawkes: /when you see a totally empty car when it's a busy hour just let it go

This.

Morning commute mode: "Hey, that car looks almost empty! Wait... that car is almost empty. fark." *Pack into crowded car after it*


Hah!  It took me a few daily commutes to learn that painful lesson when I moved to NYC a few years ago.
 
2013-03-27 11:48:07 AM
This is way I NEVER give to street beggars.  There are charities who use the money much more wisely.  And supporting them one-on-one is the same as feeding feral cat colonies.  They don't move along or improve their lives if you make it easy to stay on the sidewalk.
 
2013-03-27 11:48:28 AM

Walker: Old news is so exciting. A day after this story came out months ago it was reported he already had an apartment and was receiving money monthly.


Indeed, but what brap and others have pointed out in this thread is that the Post is still beating this story into the ground months after it was revealed that this guy was neither homeless nor without some source of income besides panhandling.
 
2013-03-27 11:55:43 AM
I heard that he has a refrigerator too, the extravagant bastard!
 
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