I overheard this brief exchange last Saturday at the entrance to the Market-Frankford line at 15th and Market Streets, Philadelphia:
Panhandling Woman: Can you spare some change?
Man Entering Station: What are you, kidding? I make minimum wage.
Panhandling Woman: So do I, man. So do I.
I wonder, was the woman saying she earned minimum wage from panhandling or, just as likely, trying to tell the man she has a minimum wage job during the week and that the whole begging thing is just a weekend gig?