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Early sign of inflation?

Christina Prignano reports Spare Change Guy is now wandering around Government Center asking for $1.

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He uses the money to buy lottery tickets in Downtown Crossing. It is easier to amass dollars rather then change.

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I follow Christina, and she always helps keeps me informed on current events!

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That makes sense.

It's time for people to get new T passes for March, and if you paid with three $20 bills, you'd get a $1 coin back as spare change.

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We're talking about the gravelly voiced guy with glasses? For the past few years I've been around him his usual refrain has been "Can anybody spare a dollah?" Sometimes he'll tack on "...so I can get a coffee?" or "...so I can get something to eat?"

Once in a while he'll ask if anyone can spare a cigarette, with what seems like a higher rate of success. Say what you will about smokers but they're a pretty generous bunch when it comes to bumming cigs.

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Prior to this report, at 12:30 today (Monday), I witnessed SCG just as he - somehow? - passed through security in the John Adams Courthouse (Somerset Street side), and asked the security guard if this was the Superior Court. The always-surly-but-professional-guard replied "No this is not, and you know that because you have been here before. You said you were just going to pass right through and that is exactly what I expect you to do. OK????"

I then left, but am confident that some sort of drama/threats ensued, after which he must have headed to Government Center to make his case for the $1 donations reported by Christina.

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You know just today I was wondering what happened to Spare Change Guy. Thanks for the update UHub!

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...then giving him $1 is really more like giving him 60¢ or so (or 50¢ if he's aiming high and playing MegaMillions).

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...until one day instead of the usual requests he asked me if I liked a certain, well er...specific sexual activity. It kind of killed my friendly feeling towards the guy, even though he's clearly not quite in his right mind. He's been asking for a dollar for a while though, mixed in with the usual "spaaaaaaaaaaare chaaaaaange?" A friend was on the T with him years ago when he was asking if anyone had a dollar. When no one responded, he said "somebody's lyyyyyyying!" we've never forgotten it.

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