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STEVE:
 
Now, a panhandler's a different thing. A panhandler's out on the street—if you're inside a bank, you're a doorman. You don't ask people for money—people give you money, 'cause you keep the place nice and clean. You see, when I came in, I kept it nice and clean. When I come in this door, it's just like a job. When you look for a job and you have no money, you have to survive. You're not gonna rob from nobody or steal from nobody—you come in here and make a job for yourself.
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
New York City law defines what I just saw you doing as panhandling. Do you use that term?
 
 
PRIM:
 
That's what their law calls it. Um, well, I just say, like it's being a panhandler. But ... it's a job, I say. I say it's a job, because I make more than some people make ... I don't think a cop makes twenty-five dollars an hour, does he?
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
Some people say they don't give to panhandlers because some panhandlers make a lot of money—like $30,000 a year.
 
 
PRIM:
 
Some of them do. I would say some of them do. A lot of them don't. It depends on how much time you spend doing it. It's like a job—if you work overtime, you're going to make more than your salary.
 


 
Is panhandling like your job?

 
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Between the two, who would get your spare change?
"Samuel", a Black man"Andrew", a White man

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