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NAME: Steve Baker
Age: 27
Place: ATM machine, Broadway and Houston, New York City
Time: 5PM Weekday

NEEDCOM:
 
How long have you been panhandling?
 
 
STEVE:
 
I've been a doorman for this bank for six months.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
In total, including other banks?
 
 
STEVE:
 
About a year.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
How many days per week and how many hours per day?
 
 
STEVE:
 
I work like four hours a day. I work 5 to 9.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
Anything else for income besides panhandling?
 
 
STEVE:
 
Yeah, I worked construction, I'm a valet. Yeah, I worked for a Jewish company—this was in the summertime, not in the wintertime, cause a lot of people go to Florida in the wintertime.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
Is this your usual place?
 
 
STEVE:
 
Yeah, it's my usual place. I made this place! I use the money for survival. Pay my rent, have somewhere to live, eat, look for jobs. The change I make, I look for jobs with it.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
On a pretty good day, how much do you make?
 
 
STEVE:
 
Me? I work four hours a day. On an average good day, I make forty dollars. That's all I make.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
It's pretty consistent? Some days do you make less?
 
 
STEVE:
 
Like Friday, Saturday, you might make sixty. You might make seventy on the weekends.
 



 
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