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Are Baltimore bums getting more innovative?

You know the old standbys: The scruffy dude on the corner with a wad of newspaper and a bottle of blueish water, offering to wipe your windshield -- or the guy banging on the overturned bucket.

But the other day, I saw something I'd never seen before.

I had parked on Broadway in Fells Point, and was walking up to the automated parking kiosk when a panhandler approached me with an offer:

"Four hours, half price," he said.

At first, I didn't get what he was saying. Then he stuck out his hand, which had a couple crumpled parking slips in it.

Oh, I thought. I firmly but politely declined ...

Who knows if his parking slips were even the right day. He could have fished them out of the trash can the day before.

Still, the incident made me wonder -- has the recession made bums more innovative? That's the first time I've ever had a dude try to sell me parking slips. Have you seen any other examples of stuff like this around?

(Photo of the parking slip I paid full price for by me)

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