Posts in category "Beggars"

Bathrobe woman stalks the Red Line

(As CTA Tattler takes a brief summer’s respite, we’ll publish “Tattler Tales” from the very early days of CTA Tattler. I started chronicling all things seen and heard on the CTA in June 2004. This post proves some things never change.) My wife and daughter are waiting for the Red Line going south at Howard.... Read more »

How to make $150 a day hustling candy on the subway

Yes, that’s $150 selling candy on New York City’s subway. That’s good money. If he works a five-day week, that’s almost $40,000 a year. And that’s after-tax money, because methinks he doesn’t pay taxes on it. He boasts about buying $300 sneakers with his earnings. And he’s quite the entrepreneur, because he sells a few... Read more »

Ex-inmate still rides CTA rails for money - and hassles passengers

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Here’s a familiar CTA beggar going off on a passenger for having the temerity to question his sincerity. This is the guy who “got out of prison” a few years ago and is trying to set his life straight. That’s fine, but I suggest you not verbally harass folks who might give you money. Hat... Read more »
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Should the CTA ban stinky people?

Honolulu is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to “bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source.” A violator could be thrown off  the bus and issued a... Read more »

Watch out for scammers

CTA train stations and bus stops are ideal places to panhandle, or better yet, to try and scam people. There are plenty of potential ”marks,” and stations and bus stops are big gathering spots. Some might wonder, “How could you let yourself be a victim?” It really depends on the circumstances, and it may be easier... Read more »