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December 23rd, 2013 at 6:52:34 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

If I ever see them while downtown, I will offer them a comp or something.



Look for Elmo and Captain America.

I'd be interested in investing in costumes for them if you come across them again.
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December 23rd, 2013 at 9:12:38 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Look for Elmo and Captain America.

I'd be interested in investing in costumes for them if you come across them again.



What about the running costs, like repairs and cleaning? Captain America may be able to go through the washing machine, but Elmo must run $100 to dry clean.
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December 23rd, 2013 at 9:23:36 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Look for Elmo and Captain America.

I'd be interested in investing in costumes for them if you come across them again.



I too would like to contribute to that, Wiz. It was one of the first things I thought of as I watched the interview. Maybe we could take up a little collection and make that our WoV holiday grant. :-)

I gotta say, I was impressed with John. I volunteer at the youth homeless shelter about 8 blocks north of Fremont street, one morning each week doing laundry and often communicate with similar young folks and hear their stories. Most involve drug addiction at some level. First impression was that wasn't the case with John. First impression was he was just a young person living day to day, struggling to get by.
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December 23rd, 2013 at 9:26:26 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

During the McNugget challenge I met a couple of street performers watching, killing time before their shift. One was Adrianne, who also tried the challenge. The other was her boyfriend John (note the matching glasses). Adrianne wasn't feeling too well after the challenge so I interviewed John about his job as a street performer. Here is my interview of John. I must say, I thought they made more money than he says they do.



I thought it interesting that Adrianne was wearing a shirt that said, "Pierce". Maybe she's a fan of Mission146?
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December 23rd, 2013 at 9:32:36 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

What about the running costs, like repairs and cleaning? Captain America may be able to go through the washing machine, but Elmo must run $100 to dry clean.



Are any potential copyright issues to fight off? What about "entertainer" licensing costs with the city?
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December 23rd, 2013 at 9:42:09 AM permalink
Quote: wudged

Are any potential copyright issues to fight off?


How does copyright apply to a costume?
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December 23rd, 2013 at 10:00:29 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

I got cured of giving money to panhandlers a long time ago, but what can you say? It does bother me that most people think they are doing some good while in fact usually they are just Enabling.



I wasn't going to comment on this, because I didn't want to hyjack the thread, but your comments really bother me, odiousgambit.

It's true that many folks that are 'down on their luck' have contributed to their situation by bad choices they have made. But some find themselves in a bad situation by no circumstances beyond their control. I myself became homeless on my 18th birthday, when my mother's husband (I won't use the term stepfather as he us undeserving) kicked me out of the house with no warning. I finished my last 3 months of high school, living in a homeless shelter.

Now maybe my story is the exception. As I said most people contribute to their situations with bad choices. But I don't think anyone who hasn't gone through such a situation can understand how difficult it is. Everything is working against you at that point. It is hard to find employment, if you don't have an address of phone. Any money you do accumulate is at risk of being stolen in such an environment, as is any of your possessions. There is shame and embarrassment. It is really a difficult climb out of such a hole for most. So, I personally don't judge whether a person is in that position because of their own doing...their own mistakes. It isn't my place to judge.

Now to the 'enabling' comment. I give money directly to homeless folks. Most agencies discourage this, claiming as you do that you are doing nothing more than enabling. But they, nor I have walked a mile in these people's shoes. If I give a few bucks to some hardcore homeless person, living on the streets, with people spitting on them and talking down to them, and these folks run straight to the liquor store and buy a bottle of booze....I am completely OK with that. I can't blame them for wanting to escape for a few hours and am glad to help them do so.
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December 23rd, 2013 at 10:13:41 AM permalink
Quote: Beethoven9th

How does copyright apply to a costume?



Under the assumption the costumes are of "known" characters and not something generic like "fuzzy red puppet," somebody owns the copyright to the character being portrayed and the street "performer" is making a profit from it. You can argue the money being made is for "performing" and not because of who the costume represents, but that's a very blurred line.
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December 23rd, 2013 at 10:16:26 AM permalink
Quote: kewlj



Now to the 'enabling' comment. I give money directly to homeless folks. Most agencies discourage this, claiming as you do that you are doing nothing more than enabling. But they, nor I have walked a mile in these people's shoes. If I give a few bucks to some hardcore homeless person, living on the streets, with people spitting on them and talking down to them, and these folks run straight to the liquor store and buy a bottle of booze....I am completely OK with that. I can't blame them for wanting to escape for a few hours and am glad to help them do so.



Totally agree......but would prefer to see them smoke a harmless blunt instead of heading to liquor store......
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December 23rd, 2013 at 10:18:03 AM permalink
Quote: Beethoven9th

Has anyone ever seen that woman who begs for money at the Sahara/Las Vegas intersection? She's a great actress. She clasps her hands together and gives each driver this anguished look like she's about to die at any moment. It works too because I always see people giving her money! I've always wondered how much she makes. Whatever it is, more power to her...lol



Yes, I've seen her several times. She opens her mouth and points into it, as she begs in front of your car or just outside of the driver's window. She looks so horrible. However, the last time I saw her begging, she looked as though she had put on some weight. I thought that she was mute, until I saw her talking to someone on the sidewalk. I could never tell if she was acting or if she was the real deal.

Instead of giving them dollars, I'm going to start giving them McDonald gift certificates.

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