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FREAK Shots: How Effective Is Your Cardboard Sign?

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:

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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: