How do you feel about busking vs. panhandling? On the same level, or is one worse than the other? Does it matter if the busker is a good musician?
Personally, I find buskers much much better than your average panhandler. They are at least providing something in exchange for your money (whether or not you asked or enjoy it) and are less obtrusive. For example, there’s a woman who stands outside of the Holocaust museum every day, harassing passersby with aggressive yells of “You got a dollar?!” Then there’s the guy who sits outside of a pizza place down the street Friday and Saturday evenings who is so good you’d think the restaurant hired him to provide entertainment. He’s got a good repertoire and does requests, and plays a mean guitar. Of course, there are varying degrees of talent and rudeness among both buskers and panhandlers, but even the more aggressive or untalented buskers are still funny, like the guy I passed once singing an impromptu song about how is someone didn’t give him any money he was going to eat his dog.
What do you think?