A young girl selling M&Ms on the A train: “Hey, I’m not here for no basketball team or anything, but if ya’ll want to give me some money, that’s cool.” Note: she got quite a few sales, as well as a guy’s number
Billy: Can anyone help Billy out so Billy can get dinner? Anyone? No? Thanks a lot! –Taco Bell, Union Square
Vagrant: Can you help a homeless man get something to eat? Huh? Ma’am? Did you say no? I can’t hear you!
Chinese Lady: No.
Vagrant: She said no! People, let me hear you! –6 Train
Break-dancer #1, after kick-ass routine: Thanks very much for all your contributions…
Break-dancer #2: And remember! The more money you give us…
Break-dancer #1: The more money we have!
Guy on cell: I'm gonna come over and give you a big hug before doomsday.
–Outside NYU Dorm
Guy holding up drunk friend: I have to hug the fat kid?! Why don't you try hugging a fat kid?
–LIRR, Penn Station
Overheard by: Laura
Hobo to startled girl: If you give me a dollar I won't hug you.
Small boy, loudly, after some take-off turbulence: The plane is going down… Everybody hug!
–Runway Strip, JFK
Overheard by: PSUny
Man to hobo: Hey, man, you got a dollar?
Hobo: No, man. You know I ain't got one. (pause) If I had a dollar–I'd holler!
Overheard by: Glad he had a sense of humor
Old black hobo: Folks… Look inside your heart. I am hungry and I am homeless. Please help me with some food or something. Look inside your heart.
(young black teenager keeps waving a subway sandwich in his face while hobo continues to rant)
Old black hobo: Look inside your heart. I am so hungry. Just look inside your heart!
Young black teenager, real pissed off: Sucka, look inside this bag! There's a sandwich in here!
Hobo #1: Feed our dogs?
Hipster woman: If I give you money, how do I know that it'll go to the dogs?
Hobo #1: Because I say so?
Hipster woman: That's not good enough.
Hobo #1: Come on, we're not assholes.
Hobo #2: Well, actually, we are.
Hobo #1: But not to our dogs!
(hipster woman laughs and walks away)
–3rd Ave & St. Mark's
Hobo: Hey, there's your cab right there!
(suit opens cab door)
Hobo: Hey, don't forget the tip! I pointed the cab out!
Suit: Yeah, the one I was already walking towards. Don't think so.
Hobo: Come on man, help a brother out.
Suit: Sorry, I don't have any singles.
Hobo: Come on papa, how's about a ten spot? I don't drink, I don't do drugs…
Suit: Well, maybe you should. (gets in cab)
–18th St & Park Ave
Overheard by: SandmanEsq
Girl to nun asking for money: No, thank you sweetie.
Nun: Huh! Must be that wig you got on.
Girl: Excuse me… What did you just say?
Nun: Don't disrespect me!
Girl: Are you kidding me? I don't have to give you anything! Who are you to make a comment about my hair!?