How to Beg for Money Successfully

Begging For Dummies!
OK, I'm not really into begging for money. However, I have had a lot of experience seeing beggars on the streets of New York, so I thought I'd give a short tutorial on how to beg for money successfully! Besides, you never know when these tips might come in handy...times are hard so pay attention! :)

First of all, I would like to mention some places that ARE NOT good places to set up shop and beg for money. These are places like parks and gyms. These areas are no good because people who are going to them don't have any money. They either are busy running with their headphones in their ears or they just don't have a wallet on them. So forget about those areas.

Other areas that I think would not do as well are intersections on highways. People are in their cars and it's just too easy to look the other way, turn the radio up and ignore you. I know because I've done it.

The best places to beg for money successfully are in front of Starbucks, high end grocery stores and Gentlemen's Clubs. The reason these places work so well is first off, people who are going to them have money in their pockets. Secondly, they feel guilty spending $5 bucks on a friggen cup of coffee, a quarter pound of potato salad or a woman who is taking off her clothes...and in case you weren't born Jewish or Catholic...guilt works! 

You might be wondering about the men's clubs...well studies have shown that 4 times as many men give to beggars than women, not only that but men's clubs are super expensive (at least that's what I've heard :) so if I was a beggar that's where I would go.





How to Beg for Money Successfully

Finally, if you are going to make a habit out of begging for money, (not that there's anything wrong with that!) don't keep frequenting the same spot! People become beggar fatigued and cynical. I know your begging but that doesn't mean you have to forgo all self respect and dignity. 

Be creative! No one wants to give to a bum! You have to look like you are in a short term jam so that the people who are giving to you can relate to you. That's where the big bucks are! So have a good story and look decent. They want to feel good about giving you money and if they feel like they are just supporting some loser junkie they aren't going to give you anything. 

In order to beg successfully you have to look like their brother or sister or aunt or something so that they feel like they are contributing to society instead of throwing their good hard won money into a black hole, even though, let's be honest, that's probably what they are doing.

By: Brie Hoffman


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