It stands to reason that most beggars are so down on their luck that they don’t own a vehicle. If they did, they would surely use it to travel to a job, and earn more money than they can collect from good-hearted citizens at crowded intersections ― or would they?
Money Needed or Just Wanted?
According to a recent story by KCCI Des Moines Channel 8 ― a subsidiary of CBS ― Wrench ‘N Go junkyard made an odd discovery after buying a used Pontiac Aztek: The vehicle’s trunk was filled with an assortment of hand-drawn beggar signs ― the kind you see people using in urban areas to collect cash they need to survive ― or so you’d think.
According to Wrench N’ Go Assistant Manager Wade Byers, a “portfolio case” in the car’s back seat contained the strange find. “We found a bunch of beggar signs,” said Byers. In all, there were about 20 signs, which included the sayings: “Stranded! Been hitchin’ 4 days. Anything helps.” and “Hitching home for Thanksgiving! Need food, cold weather gear.”
Giving Beggars a Bad Name
Austin, Texas, car buyers that operate as junkyards have also made their fair share of odd discoveries in junkers, but the discovery in Des Moines is socially egregious. Could it have been that someone was collecting beggar signs, possibly even buying them from beggars?
The thought crossed Byers’ mind, but the more signs he observed, the more the handwriting and phraseology on the cardboard signage seemed the same. According to the official news report, “Byers said it is not uncommon to find items inside junked vehicles, but that this particular find will have him thinking twice the next time he sees someone holding similar signs.”
The same would go for an Austin, Texas, car buyer junkyard. The concept of “sell my car for cash” rarely results in vehicular evidence that the seller was getting cash unethically, just before seeking out a competitive price quote from a junkyard.
One Thing is Certain
Professionally operated junkyards don’t buy vehicles that are wanted by the law (i.e. a hit and run vehicle), but there’s nothing they can do deter fake panhandlers from cashing in. One thing is certain: Whomever sells the cars ― whether they’re a prince or a pauper ― contributes to drivers finding affordable, used, reliable auto parts.
If you plan to buy parts from an Austin, Texas, car buyer junkyard, chances are you won’t encounter an odd find like the one that Wade Beyers made in Des Moines. However, if you defy statistics and find a collection of apparently illegitimate beggar signs, at least you’ll know it’s you who are getting the sweet deal (on the auto parts), not an imposter who lurks near stoplights and gives the truly needy a bad name