Many of the uninformed non-alcoholics looked upon us of the Drinking Fraternity as lazy bums. They do not know the planning and scheming required to raise the price of a bottle when you are broke. They fail to realize that a twelve-hour shift of panhandling frequently didn’t produce enough to keep us in booze, a little food and a flop for the night.
We resent the charge that we were lazy – we worked much harder and received much less appreciation for our efforts than those who were on somebody’s payroll. No, it is hard work, small pay and lousy living conditions.