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Truth About Longtime Local Panhandler Revealed (Photos)

Apparently panhandling on the streets can be a career. A panhandler who earns a decent living in Houston told a local reporter he begs for money so he doesn't have to go out and get a job.

Jesse Wellman is relatively new to the streets of Houston, but says he’s panhandling because it’s what he wants to.

Wellman, who is 26 and able-bodied, came to the Houston area from Wisconsin a few months ago to live in a warmer place. He says he sleeps in his car, doesn’t cause any trouble, and argues he's doing nothing wrong.

Arguing his point, Wellman highlights that he's not aggressive and will not pressure people to give him money. He claims donating makes people feel good.

Wellman has also studied tools and the strategies of panhandling.

"Usually I try to make it as bold as I can," Wellman commented, writing "Broke, Anything Helps" on a strip of cardboard.

When asked did he think that panhandling was a profession, Wellman thought for a moment before answering, "Well, I would consider it sales and marketing for sure."

Wellman’s car is full of books on effective sales techniques, and he seems like he could do a lot of different jobs.

"Totally their choice, not forcing them, just kindly asking and if they choose to give - then you've made the sale," he comments on his closing strategy for begging.

Of interest, Wellman says he is making more money than he did at his last job by: "Basically relying on other people's generosity."

"You're able-bodied, you're a young man, you are choosing not to work. So where is the need in there?" a local Houston reporter asked Wellman.

He replied, "Well, the need is I've been unable to hold a job. I get really bored all the time."

Source: KHOU
Photo: KHOU

He doesn't have to beg, he chooses to.

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