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NEEDCOM:
 
There are some people who told me that they literally don't believe that most people asking for money who appear to be disabled actually are. They think a lot of people are faking.
 
 
ROBERT S:
 
Well the main thing is ... I got papers! I'm legally blind. I got papers stating that I'm legally blind. [Robert is missing an eye.]
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
I don't think a lot of people are going to ask you for proof.
 
 
ROBERT S:
 
But I have those papers, 'cause they don't come any kind of way ... Now, if I had the papers right now, I'd get them out and show them to you. I'm legally blind. I can only see shadows of you. I AM legally blind.
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
How do panhandlers that have—or say they have—a serious illness do?
 
 
EASY:
 
You've seen that, too?
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
I even met a woman who had papers to prove she had heart trouble.
 
 
EASY:
 
Yeah, I've seen papers. Do they give papers out like that? When you have AIDS? No, it's ... No, they don't. They don't give papers like that, 'cause it's confidential, a name and a number. Somebody sat there and wrote that shit up.
 


 
Do you give to the ill or handicapped?

 
HIV and AIDS

Wheelchairs

Blind



Between the two, who would get your spare change?
"Nick", who simply asks you for help."Scott", who tries to entertain you.

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