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ROBERT S:
 
My way is the best. I've never stopped a person, and I never will. If a person wants to stop, it's their choice. It's their choice to do what they want to do. But I've never stopped a person, and I've never asked a person for nothing. So therefore, how could a person feel intimidated by me?
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
What do you think the panhandler who makes in the most money in New York City looks like? What do they say?
 
 
DONALD:
 
They say the same thing I be saying. As far as looks, it might help, you know—dressing good. There's a guy named GQ, dresses conservatively, like a jacket, jeans, shoes. This is where he is at, right here at a certain time. That's why I came early, so I can do my thing, and I won't be messing his thing up. See, everybody's got to live.
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
What do you think the best panhandler in New York City looks like?
 
 
PRIM:
 
Me. I come in here. I never look ... because I just don't. I feel that my clothes ... There's been days that I am a little wrinkled, but I'm clean. There's been days when I came to the bank with heels on, my hair curled, dressed! And I asked for money, and I made it, and some people would say, "You dress better than me!" And I say thank you. And a lot of people would say, "Well, you don't look homeless to me," and I'd say "Thank you, I try not to." I never would look homeless.
 


 
Clean vs. dirty panhandlers?

 
Cleanliness

How You Present Yourself

I Don't Ask, I'm not a Panhandler



If you were richer, would you give more to panhandlers?
Yes, I'd give more money.No, my giving wouldn't change.

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