Guy In Plymouth Is Panhandling With This Epic Sign So He Can Go To California
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Saw this gem posted on the All Things Plymouth Facebook page:
Can’t tell if this is supposed to be the next viral Youtube prank, or if he’s legitimately being serious. I mean, “anran.” Come on now. This guy is wearing those gloves that let you scroll through your iPhone while you’re wearing them. He can’t possibly be a legit hobo panhandler. Plus his handwriting is way too nice. People that are desperate and in need don’t have handwriting like that.
Honestly, I can’t even say I have a problem with this guy. He’s just playing the game that the ACLU fights for. As long as this state continues to encourage unlicensed, untaxed panhandling by not doing anything about these junkies begging for cash, everyone’s gonna start doing it. Not just the junkies. Remember this chick from Lowell?
Panhandling is no longer just for people looking to get their next fix. It pays for college. This is the society we’re living in.
The kid’s name is Mike Paton, and according to Facebook he owns his own painting business. But I guess it’s hard to get new business when your most famous artwork was that time you got arrested for painting graffiti all over city property:
“Police in March of 2006 charged Michael Paton, now 21, with 21 counts of graffiti after finding a sketchbook at Plymouth Beach containing sketches of a particular type of graffiti.”
Note to self – next time I commit a crime, don’t leave really incriminating evidence on the public beach.
Apparently he doesn’t do drugs, nor is he homeless or an alcoholic. He’s just a stoner who needs money to go to California:
Newsflash – if you’re reduced to panhandling because you’re a stoner, you can’t really say that you’re sober. Only functional stoners get to say that.
Anyway, the sign itself is funny and original. I’ll give him that. Obviously his wife didn’t have a sex change and run off with a new girlfriend. Nor is this a reason to beg for money. But there’s a 0.0% chance I’m giving any money to any able bodied adult who could easily be working instead of begging for cash outside of Stop n’ Shop:
Sorry bro, you should’ve campaigned for Bernie. That was your best shot.
Anyway, our biggest problem with any panhandling is that they don’t have to report their income or pay taxes. Meanwhile the small business restaurant down the street has to pay taxes on all revenue, regardless of whether or not they’re making a profit. If this guy stood on the side of the road and tried selling hot dogs he’d be arrested. Because you can take money from people in this state, but you just can’t provide them with goods or services in return. And that makes TONS of sense.
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