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Panhandling Memes: McDonalds' Doorman

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at 01:07PM
Opening Doors at McDonalds Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Back in October I wondered how panhandling sign memes spread. In a similar vein, I can't help but wonder how homeless people got started opening the door for people at the McDonalds in the Fine Arts Building. I don't think I've ever seen it anywhere else, but oftentimes you'll find someone starting outside this particular franchise, holding a cup for change and just opening doors. The person changes, but it's always that same McDonalds and always that same door.

Did some enterprising panhandler have the idea the first time and the rest just copy? Is it just whoever gets there first in the morning that gets the door? Why don't they do it anywhere else?

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