Homelessness is never a laughing matter, but this week we have scoured the planet to find people on the street who have chosen to advertise their plight in a variety of creative and entertaining ways.
KISS ME QUICK
“Kissing lessons” – This man is a trailblazer for sporting a completely original way to advertise his homelessness – around his head. With reasonable rates ($25.00/hr without teeth, and only $1.50/hr with teeth), and Visa and MasterCard accepted as well as cash – how can you say no to a quick snog?
“Tell me off for 25c” – This man provides a cathartic outlet for displaced aggression, and for a bargain price to boot. Just picture your boss, employees, or conniving ex-girlfriend’s head on his shoulders and let the profanities fly. It’s certainly cheaper than seeing a therapist, and you’ve got to love the afro.
WHEELS OF STEEL
“Give me some money or I’ll kick you in the face” – There is nothing like smiling in the face of adversity. For his sense of irony, we think this American man deserves more than a little change.
“Why lie!! I need a cold beer” – Oh Gandalf, where’s Frodo with a brewski when you need him most?
KUNG FU FIGHTING
“Ninja’s killed my family – need money for kung-fu lessons” – Despite confusing Japanese and Chinese martial arts, not to mention grammar, we still think this man deserves a fighting chance.
OUR TWO CENTS
“Wife has been kidnapped. I’m 98c short for ransom” – He’s definitely two cents short of a dollar.
“Replaced by CGI please help” – In his day, this shiny cyborg was a big screen regular in the films of George Lucas and others. Now he’s turning tricks on the street with his lightsaber. Damn that CGI.
“Obama ain’t the only one who wants change” – Even among the homeless, political satire thrives.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
“Time traveller. Help! Need $$ for new flux capacitor.” – Great Scott, Marty McFly is stuck in 2011!
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
“Help me. I am a disabled clone war veteran. Need $$ to build death star.” – He might be Luke’s father, but even Darth Vader is not immune to the Great Recession. May the force be with him.
“Need cash for alcohol research” – Forget cancer, this man’s researching the big issues.