Will Andersen spends his days sitting outside Grand Central with a sign begging for handouts, and his nights inside the apartment he rents, counting money. The 43-year-old former stagehand bragged to The New York Post that he rakes in up to $200 per hour thanks to the kindness of strangers. Andersen claims he'll sometimes get $100 from a single person, and that there are people who give him cash every single day on their way to work. If you heard anyone loudly screaming obscenities at a newspaper this morning, it was probably them.
"On a Friday morning, I make $400 in two hours," boasted Andersen, who brings his 9-year-old dog, Rizzo, to gain extra sympathy. "People are more generous because I have a dog, 100 percent. They throw me a dollar and say, 'That’s for the dog.'"
One thing is for sure, Andersen's newfound fame is probably making it a lot more difficult for him to get paid today. The Post reported he was not seen at his usual spot this morning after the paper hit newsstands.