X-"Tapping 'The Bank'" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

X-"Tapping 'The Bank'" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

by: Neil Henry | publication date: May 6, 1980 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: 1

To the bums of Washington, getting by meant flipping fingers through the coin return slots for spare change, scavenging sidewalks outside fast food joints for packets of sugar, and knowing what times the soup kitchens opened. It meant tricks such as clipping the corners of a five-dollar bill, pasting the "5" digits over the "1" digits on a one-dollar bill and trusting cashiers to be none the wiser.

In the tenth article in the series "Down & Out," Henry reveals all the different ways D.C.'s homeless make ends meet, from scavenging to panhandling and scamming.