30 April 2006

Handsome Guy/Gorgeous Gal

Pursuit: Change-hustlin'

Location: Washington Square Park, New York, N.Y.
D/T: 4:12 p.m., Sat., April 28

Stratagem: In a jovial manner, approaching persons gathered in the park, and saying (depending on male/female), "Hey Handsome Guy/Hey Gorgeous Gal, I was wondering if you could spare some change."

Advantages: Working a well-populated, tourist-heavy square on a nice, spring day, and hitting up stationary targets -- those sitting and reading, eating or conversing -- rather than pedestrians. Offering a smile and a compliment to potential donors, even those who are neither handsome nor gorgeous. Giving off no detectable odor. No harassing ensues if turned down.

Detriments: Assembly-line tactics with groups of Handsome Guys/Gorgeous Gals reduce impact of compliments. Sympathy factor is lacking (no visible handicap, reasonably respectable clothes, a healthy beer belly). No receptacle in which persons can deposit change (thus creating the possibility of a hand-touching transaction).

HS Rating™: 7.2 (out of 10).
Commendable approach, choice of location. Add a change cup and perhaps a cane, and this dude's a machine.