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Questionable Panhandling?

by Prince Of Petworth August 1, 2011 at 11:00 am 57 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

On Friday [Ed. Note: sorry for the delay, I was out of town] I got a few inquiries about questionable Panhandling in Dupont Circle.

“Dear PoP,

A couple of people I know have noticed a number of 20-40 something women in Dupont Circle begging for change today (Friday). Its odd because they don’t necessarily look like the homeless people that are traditionally in Dupont Circle. Have you, or your readers, heard anything about this?”

Another reader asks about a different situation:

“Dear PoP,

I was curious if by chance you or anyone who frequents this blog has noticed the young boy and his father outside the Woodley Park metro. The boy has been sitting on a bucket and playing the drums the past few weeks while pandering for money, as his father hovers in the general vicinity and hangs out. Do you know what the deal is with this kid? At first I felt bad for him, but i’m starting to think it’s some type of money making scheme and the father may be exploiting his son’s talent and youth, as they literally sit there for hours at a time. Thoughts?”

I’m not familiar with this specific case but I have friends who used to do this when they were young and they absolutely loved it (one is now a classical guitarist) so I don’t necessarily think this is an exploitation of talent.

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