When people use cardboard signs to ask for money, their success depends on a number of factors, including the sign’s explicit message, the target of its solicitation, and even whether a passing historian happens to find it worth buying. Consider the following approaches, turned up in a scan of Flickr photos.
A claim of sobriety and/or family responsibility:
Seeking help for meting out revenge:
Offering self as a sounding board:
The romantic touch:
And a plea to fulfill the most basic human right: