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The panhandler's lament: In an increasingly cashless world, fewer have a dime to spare

Orlando Chase, standing, and John Sullivan, aka "the whale man", panhandle at their usual spot in Washington, DC. Passers-by increasingly tell them they have no cash.

James Davis hawking Street Sense, a newspaper produced by the homeless, at a Washington, DC, street corner. Davis says that new vendors find it difficult to earn much selling the paper because fewer passersby carry cash.


JOHN Sullivan wears a giant foam hat in the shape of a whale. It works well as a conversation starter when he panhandles on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street in Georgetown. But one hot afternoon in July, no one stops to ask Sullivan about the whale. And no one stops...

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