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NEEDCOM:
 
Do you think a woman or a man would get more money panhandling?
 
 
EASY:
 
There's not that many women panhandling. Not as much as men. So the statistic says men, because of the number of men.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
On an individual basis?
 
 
EASY:
 
Oh, I get more money than my friends.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
Do you think people have more pity for a woman than a man?
 
 
EASY:
 
You know why—because they think a woman shouldn't be out here doing the things that a man is doing. A woman should not live a man's life, and think it's okay. It's not. It's disgusting, it's sad. That she have to live like that.
 
She has different things that she has to take care of that men don't have to take care of. And I'm speaking from my point of view ... It's hard. And if my pants are dusty, and a man's pants are dusty, it's all right for his pants to be dusty, but it's not all right for my pants to be dusty.
 
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
Do you think women make more money panhandling than men?
 
 
ROBERT G:
 
Yes. And I'm not saying anything bad about the ladies, but I know, I have money, and if there was a man right here, and there was a woman down there, I'd give it to the woman before I'd give it to the man. 'Cause a woman has it hard enough on the streets, a woman has it ten times harder on the streets than a man. People taking advantage of you 'cause you're a woman and you can't defend yourself like a man can.
 
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DONALD:
 
Ladies get more money than men. Because they're ladies. That's basically how it is. I don't know how or why. Before I came in here there was a young lady I knew pretty good, she was all right, name is Prim, she does all right.
 
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NEEDCOM:
 
Have you tried saying anything else to see if that works any better?
 
 
PRIM:
 
No, because I try and tell them the truth—what I really am asking for I could put it in different words, but that's basically the truth. I'm trying to get something to eat, if possible, a place to sleep for the night.
 
If I have got my food money, I've got my rent money, and I'm trying to get something personal, a woman's personal stuff, I'll say "Spare any change?" I just leave it right at that. But I won't lie, 'cause I already got my food money. I think it's a little easier for me because I'm a woman, and I'm the only woman panhandler all around here. It's easier for a woman. And it's harder for a man.
 
 
NEEDCOM:
 
Why do you think that is?
 
 
PRIM:
 
Because I'm homeless. And a woman all by herself, who's homeless ... they just sympathize more. But sometimes, because you're a woman ... It's easier for a man to go lay on the ground in a cardboard box, or down in the subway. But a woman who's homeless, it's more dangerous. It's dangerous for a man, too. But it's even more dangerous. If they see a woman homeless, they sympathize more with women.
 


 
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