Driving home this evening, we saw a guy standing on the side of the road with a hand-lettered sign that he was showing to oncoming traffic:
Need a buck.
I want a drink.
Both of us said that we'd probably be more likely to actually give the guy money. We were on the other side of the road, but heck, at least the guy told you what he'd use the money for. And let's face it...in that particular neighborhood, there are a number of college student types that would probably do the same.