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#1 2014-02-11 11:56:57

Sal
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Phony Nuns panhadling

In the 1960's a common site was to see women in Nuns garb sitting outside a mjor Transportion Hub,Subway station, Major Dept. Store and large office building on a folding chair with rosary beads in hand. It wasn't until one of these panhandler was walked out of an office I was working in by Security. The retired cop who was working security told me this has been a NYC scam going on for years.  Makes you wonder who was behind this fraud game.

Living in Manhattan and frequenting Bloomingdales always recall the crippled guy selling comic books on the 3rd Ave. Entrance. Also recall a blind Black man with a dog selling pencils.
Their metal change cups were always jingling with change.

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#2 2014-02-11 14:40:00

jimbo
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

I too have run into panhandling Nuns over the years. I remember in many cases that their garb and habit looked dirty and unkempt.

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#3 2014-02-11 17:48:54

reege
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

I remember a nun sitting in a chair outside Macy's in Parkchester She held a tray in her lap that had coins in it. . She was seedy-looking and dirty and not at all like the nuns I knew who were always spotlessly clean in their habits. Even then, we figured it was a scam but, what the hell, we gave her a few coins. It was a tough way to make a living.

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#4 2014-02-11 18:38:36

ed d
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

there was a guy who worked the IND 14thSt. station..he had a trick knee and when he got to his regular panhandling area, he would twist his knee out of joint so that it looked horrible.  He would sit there all day and take in several hundred dollars and when it was time to go home, he would readjust his knee and walk away.  Anyone remember MOONDOG??

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#5 2014-02-11 19:02:17

reege
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

ed d - Do you mean the Manhattan character who Alan Freed got involved with?  I never knew much about it until the Internet. Interesting story.

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#6 2014-02-12 10:29:19

ed d
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

yes, thats the same guy.

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#7 2014-02-15 14:17:01

CharlieP.
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Re: Phony Nuns panhadling

Moon Dog,yea,that's a blast from the past. As I recall,he was dressed like a Viking. Didn't know much about him though.

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#8 2014-03-03 21:05:41

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