During our 5 days in Philadelphia, we enjoyed the usual things that tourists enjoy. We also witnessed the homelessness and vagrancy common to so many large metropolitan areas in the United States. The picture you see is a homeless man sound asleep next to an ATM near the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Judging from the paint stains on his shorts, he is sometimes employed.
We talked to a bum just down the road from this dozing street person who had some interesting insights into life as beggar. His advice about street people: He held out his jacket, which was clean and in good shape aside from the ripped-out inner pocket. He said, when you see a guy who’s all dirty, bad clothes, bad teeth, that’s a crack head. Whatever you give him he’ll just turn around and buy crack. He then grins to show me his teeth, all in good condition. So, the dude was apparently not a crack head….just not too ambitious!
Toronto has a similar problem with young men sleeping on the street near corners of busy intersections. Many of them appear to be quite comfortable slumbering in their down sleeping bags in broad daylight while hundreds of automobiles pass by. Their somnolence knows no bounds as they are one drunk driver away from death.
BTW, check this post on a bum in Toronto trying to collect money for faking being disabled with crutches he did not need.