05/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

COLUMN: Faux Frugality Serves No One

Ever wonder whether the pretty blonde girl begging for money in the Square is actually an anthropology concentrator conducting an experiment for her thesis? Ever suspect that the bag she's got under her poncho is actually a monogrammed Goyard?

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised.

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