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The assumption I didn't appreciate, even more than "even MIT_hacker can learn something from the homeless", was that Larry "could easily get a job at a bike shop." The OP should read the recent article in Rolling Stone, The Sharp Sudden Decline of America's Middle Class.

But it does sound like there's a demand from the upper-class for urban guide-service through Tenderloin.

Exactly. In reality, guiding stranded bikers through the tenderloin might actually earn the guy more than working at a bike shop

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