Some of the people you see on the freeway ramp during rush hour, holding up the sign, “I will work for food” drive to work in Cadillac’s and Mercedes Benz’s. They park far away from their work area so no one will see them.
One day, a few years ago, I stopped and said to one of them, “I have some work for you if you’re interested. But we have to go now.” He said, “No, I can’t leave now. It’s rush hour.”
There’s good money in begging people for money on a street corner. Some of these guys make from $10 to $20 an hour. That’s $20,000 to $40,000 a year in tax-free income. Some of these guys work overtime. There’s no telling how much they make a year. Some of them are members of Country Clubs. The guys who do this are really good at it. I guess you could say that they’re professionals.
But let’s be realistic. Who wants to be a professional beggar?