The Panhandler Index
Wondering if I should use this as a new economic indicator. In the 3-4 years I've lived in the D.C. area, riding the trains about half the year, I could count on 3 fingers the number of times I'd seen panhandlers on my routes, and never on the trains themselves. In the past two weeks, I've had people bugging me for money 5 times. I've seen 2-3 other panhandlers who hit up other passengers but didn't bother with me.
Is this more of an economic thing or a weather thing?