Around here it's a big business. People are hired via craigslist to look pitiful at intersections in very unlikely locations with "homeless, please help" signs. Wheelchairs and amputees are a bonus. Like on a 6 lane main artery by the airport and a Walmart, or outside an upscale apartment community by Trader Joe's. If I'm approached I ask how they got there. Crickets. That wasn't covered in the script, and these folks weren't hired for improv skills. How they got there is in a van, dropped in various locations by a beggar pimp who pays maybe 5% of the day's take.