Am I the only one who has noticed a slow uptick of the amount of strange panhandlers at the intersection of San Antonio at El Camino Real? Last Saturday afternoon there were three of them parked in the median working the people in the various left turn lanes. Before anyone jumps me, there go I for the grace of God go I . . . , OK, said it. Contrast that with one of the other people standing on the sidewalk has at least the gumption to earn their keep by shaking one of those irritating arrow-shaped new housing signs at the traffic.
What is particular is that they don't seem to fit the "normal" profile of other panhandlers that I am used to seeing here and elsewhere. They look like they are taking a break from their day jobs and this is some sort of pychological outlet for them somehow? Don't get me wrong but they seem to go out of their way to engage the left turners in conversation in what I otherwise assume should be a humble process, thus somehow filling whatever human void that they have. A couple of them look a little well fed and one in particular is sporting a fancy layered and frosted hairdo. They even leave their milk crate seats there for the next panhandler.
Flame away, this is just my observation.