Panhandler reveals he makes up to $200 an hour

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People walk past a homeless man asking for money on 14th Street, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in New York. The number of homeless on New York City's streets has increased, prompting breathless media coverage and worries that the "bad old days" are returning to the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless woman rests while panhandling along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As of June 2013, there were an all-time record of 50,900 homeless people, including 12,100 homeless families with 21,300 homeless children homeless in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Pedestrians walk by a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk by a grate in the middle of the day, on May 6, 2015 in New York, N.Y. New York City has a large homeless population. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless teen panhandles on a street near Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Housing activists march from Zuccotti Park to New York City's City Hall to demand more affordable housing options for the homeless and poor on September 17, 2015 in New York City. Today also marks the four year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: A man panhandles for money and food on April 7, 2015 in New York City. A new report was released today from 'Homes for Every New Yorker' a coalition of activist groups that makes recommendations for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to fight homelessness in the city. The report , which was unveiled at City Hall, advocates that the mayor put aside 10 percent of all units in his affordable housing plan for shelter residents, raise the minimum wage and invest in programs to prevent tenants from falling into homelessness. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, listens to Acacia Network CEO Raul Russ, as he visits a room at the Corona Family Residence, a homeless facility, in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, May 11, 2015. Mayor de Blasio made an announcement on his effort to combat the city's homelessness crisis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: A person in economic difficulty holds a homemade sign asking for money along a Manhattan street on December 4, 2013 in New York City. According to a recent study by the by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City's homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. Despite an improving local economy, as of last January an estimated 64,060 homeless people were in shelters and on the street in New York. Only Los Angeles had a larger percentage increase than New York for large cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A homeless man rests under a blanket while sitting on a bench in a New York subway station, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Monday night volunteers spread throughout the city to do an annual count of homeless people living on the streets. According to advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless, more than 50,000 people live in municipal homeless shelters, with thousands more living on the streets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Sean Harris, 45, panhandles on Broadway, Sunday, on Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. Homeless for the last eight years, Harris spent the night before in the LaGuardia airport terminal. Even as the nationâs eyes were fixed on 9/11 commemoration events in Lower Manhattan, it was a day like any other for millions of New Yorkers. (AP Photo/Chris Hawley)
New York City Police Department officers pass a homeless woman sleeping on a bench while patrolling in a 34th Street subway station, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: A homeless man rests in a pew at a Times Square church, where some area homeless take refuge from the cold on December 12, 2013 in New York City. New York and much of New England has been experiencing freezing temperatures with snow expected this weekend. According to a recent study by the by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City's homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. Despite an improving local economy, as of last January an estimated 64,060 homeless people were in shelters and on the street in New York. Only Los Angeles had a larger percentage increase than New York for large cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, people walk past a homeless man asking for money on 14th Street in New York. One app dots a map with usersâ images of homelessness in New York City. The apps, sites and social media accounts have spiraled out of a season of anxiety and frustration about rising homelessness in the nationâs biggest city. And they are igniting questions about technology, tolerance and citizenship in an age of crowdsourcing. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
A homeless man holds a sign asking for money while resting at the entrance to a subway station, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A New York City panhandler makes shocking admission in a recent interview with the New York Post.

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Will Andersen, a 43-year old former theater stagehand, admits he makes up to $200 an hour from sympathetic New Yorkers.



Andersen panhandles with his 9-year-old dog, Rizzo, on East 42nd Street between Vanderbilt and Madison avenues, as well as outside Grand Central. He admits that the dog helps tug on strangers' heartstrings as well.

The Grand Central Terminal bum ditched his typical spot after The Post reported that he rakes in as much as $200/hour while panhandling.

Posted by New York Post on Thursday, November 12, 2015


He also says that he's now able to rent a room for himself after being homeless for three years.

This shocking statement comes just days after NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton urged New Yorkers not to give vagrants any money if they want to improve the city's homeless crisis.



So we want to know, if you see a panhandler on the street, do you give them money?



New York City is cracking down on holiday panhandlers. Learn more here:


NYPD Cracking Down on Holiday Panhandling
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