Enterprising homeless man takes donations via credit card

Enterprising homeless man takes donations via credit card
(Image: WWJ Detroit, Mike Campbell)

[Ed. – What, no Discover?  And how about debit cards?]

His real name is Abe Hagenston and he’s been homeless in Detroit for seven years or so.  The 8 Mile overpass on I-75 is home.

Looking at that bleak, gray freeway facade with the wind whipping through, one could imagine he’s happy about the relatively mild winter metro Detroit has experienced so far this year.

Not so fast.

“It’s not really that easy, what we’re lacking is snow,” Abe told WWJ’s Mike Campbell. “Of course, there’s no snow removal. I used to look forward to that, doing some shoveling.”

Without the extra cash, he hasn’t made enough money this winter to buy new eyeglasses, he said, and he could use a new prescription.

But as a bonus, with the extra time Abe says he and a group of fellow homeless have organized themselves “like a union” to panhandle in shifts. He also used the extra time to figure out a way to make donations more efficient. Don’t have any change in your pocket? No problem.

“I take VISA, MasterCard, American Express,” Abe told Campbell. “I’m the only homeless guy in America who can take a credit card. It’s all done safely and securely through square.com.”

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