In referance to the second one. been there done that!
In college I did some research on panhandlers, and of course you cant write about it unless you have actually experienced it.
Long story short in two weeks of different sayings on card board I made over a grand sitting for 3 hours a day and the ones that brought the most money were the basics. Need alcohol!
Forget the food I want a beer.
It is amazing on what these people make.