Amusing hoax and gullible media
Here's the story of "The Arm the Homeless Coalition"
It sent out press releases with pics of a guy in a Santa suit with a sign reading "100 percent of contributions will be used to provide desperately needed protection for our country’s homeless." The Columbus Dispatch editorialized against the group, the story was picked up by AP, Rush Limbaugh, and others, newspapers buzzed with angry letters to the editor.
And as you might guess, it was a hoax. Apparently, the idea has been tried elsewhere with similar results.
Reader Doug in Colorado has a comment, blocked by the spam filter:
“At a freeway offramp last year, the usual homeless guy was panhandling...but with a novel sign. Not the usual "Car broke down, stranded, Please help"
His sign said:
“Unemployed Bank Robber, Out of Bullets...please help.”
I offered him a bullet...he begged off...but I sure was inclined to tip him for the entertainment value alone.”
Doug in Colorado