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Saki Knafo

How Subway Dancing Became A New York Art Form -- And A Crime | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is ad...

The Uptown Beggar

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Thirty days I spent with them. Thirty days walking, talking, buying them lunch and trying to discover the organizing principal around which my story would authentically take shape. And I did. Find it, that is. The moment I met Fred.

7 Effective Business Strategies From A Successful Panhandler

: Inc. | Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business

Not long ago, in the lobby of a hotel near Harvard Business School, I noticed a slightly disheveled man in a black ski jacket, singing softly to h...

Homelessness Through the Eyes of a Teen

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

My daughter tossed a lot of questions at me as she wrestled with these issues. I can only hope her questions were rhetorical, though, because I'm mighty short on meaningful answers.

What Homelessness Looks Like, According To Ridiculous Stock Photography

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.25.2013 | Impact

Type "homeless" into stock photos -- a regular task for journalists and photo editors -- and what turns up is oftentimes offensive or just plain ol' ...

Panhandler Stabs Man After Only Getting One Dollar

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York

Panhandler James Howley, 46 was arrested on Sunday in Elmont for allegedly slashing a 43-year-old man with a knife after the man gave him a dollar. ...

Saying the Right Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When people are coping with a difficult situation, sometimes friends show up and make it worse. So I offer this modest guide of ways you can avoid being one of them.

How -- Not Whether -- to Help a Panhandler

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Like most of us, I want to help people in distress. With panhandlers, though, I never knew whether the person was truly in need. I worried that my money would fuel some addiction, rather than funding food or shelter. I worried that I was being scammed. Was I right?

WATCH: Man Uses 'Liar' Sign To Bust Phony Homeless Vet, Then Does Something Amazing

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.19.2013 | Impact

A bogus homeless veteran has been run out of his moneymaking corner, thanks to a justice-seeking producer. Since panhandling was declared a “cons...

Begging for Death

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.01.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

As a Miami personal injury lawyer, I have investigated hundreds of cases where pedestrians have been injured just crossing the street. Allowing children to stand between a rush hour traffic jam, dodging drivers distracted by cell phones simply to raise money, is a tragedy in the making.

A Gospel of Wealth

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I could have done the "pretend not to see you" thing. Taking that option is part of life these days, especially in Chicago. She'd been standing in the middle of the intersection, trying to get money so that -- if she was to be believed -- she and her daughter could get dinner at the McDonald's on the corner.

PHOTO: Most Honest Homeless Sign Ever?

Doug Lansky | Posted 10.09.2012 | Comedy
Doug Lansky

Homelessness may be a serious issue, but this gentleman has clearly decided to work the humor angle. His sign really goes nicely with his "fuck you...

Beggar Makes $60,000 A Year

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.23.2012 | Money

No soup kitchen for this beggar. Shane Warren Speegle told Oklahoma City police he made $60,000 panhandling last year. "Why would I go get a job?" ...

WATCH: Man Spends Birthday Giving Out Money On Corner

Posted 07.13.2012 | Impact

Drivers in Oklahoma City did a double-take this week as they drove by a man standing with a sign at a busy intersection. Instead of a homeless per...

WATCH: Ohio Mom Panhandling... For Her Breast Implant Fund

Posted 07.14.2012 | Style

You've all seen those cheeky panhandlers wielding signs like "WHY LIE? I NEED A BEER" or "NEED MONEY FOR WEED," right? Now, an Ohio woman is bringing ...

Is Fighting For the Rights of Homeless, Enabling Homelessness?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

When homeless advocates seek to protect the personal rights of people who are homeless, even to the extent of law suits, I typically applaud their efforts. It is very simple: homelessness is not a crime.

If Charities Can Beg, Why Not People?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

A federal judge recently ruled that hurting people in the State of Utah have the constitutional right to beg on the streets, based on the fact that th...

Legislating Poverty Away

Emily Harwell | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home
Emily Harwell

Instead of fixing Tampa's homelessness and poverty problem effectively, the City Council passed a ban on panhandling, a thinly veiled attempt to hide panhandlers from the public eye.

Necessary Conversation: Teaching Ed Lee To Swear

Necessary Conversation | Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco
Necessary Conversation


What Marketers Can Learn From Panhandlers

Dorie Clark | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
Dorie Clark

As a marketer, walking back to my conference after receiving two distinctly different "asks" in quick succession, I realized that the sales secrets many panhandlers perfect on the streets are also applicable to our work.

A Homeless Man's Project To Ask A Million People For A Dollar

Posted 08.28.2011 | New York

A New York panhandler, often seen around Union Square, is on a unique mission, The Local East Village reports today. Chris Coon, 29, who has two k...

It's Hard to Find a Good Samaritan

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 07.23.2011 | New York
Attiyya Anthony

By no means are MTA riders obligated to give, but if someone touches your heart, it shouldn't be illegal -- helping someone out should never be illegal.

Homelessness Myth #20: They Make Millions

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.15.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

The myth that homeless people make millions or thousands of dollars is a myth of gigantic proportions.

WATCH: Robots Take To The Streets To Raise Money For Charity

Posted 07.12.2011 | Impact

At HuffPost, we've reported on robots engaging in acts of regular life, from playing sports, to going to school to working as journalists. Now we can ...

Jason Linkins

Florida Senate Mulls Issuing Permits To Panhandlers | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

As you know, we're very patiently waiting for the Florida legislature to finally pass their long-awaited anti-bestiality law. In the meantime, what a...