Panhandling disguises deeper problem of homelessness | Asheville Citizen-Times

I saw a sure sign of spring the other day in downtown Asheville.

A young couple sprawled in the sunshine on the sidewalk on Haywood Street, knees poking through their blue jeans, colorful tattoos along their arms. They had a neatly lettered cardboard sign:

Poor, Smelly

And Stupid, Fresh!

Fresh on the street, the pair seemed more cheeky than desperate, so I didn’t stop to contribute anything. They lived up to their billing as unbathed, but even with the truth in advertising, I couldn’t see they were getting much in the way of donations.

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