A couple of years ago, one of our Houston TV stations decided that it would be a great sweeps week thing to “expose” the beggars. They set up a hidden camera and staked out three seperate beggars: one solitary male, one solitary female, and a female with kids. All of them were holding signs claiming to be homeless.
At the end of the day, they all went home and the camera crews followed them. The solitary male and the solitary female lived in low-rent hotels. Both of them had pulled in over $150 for one day’s work. The woman with kids went home to a nicer house than I live in. She had raked in nearly 400 clams in one day. She planned to do this until the kids got old enough to go to school, and claimed to be putting the money away for their college educations.