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Man spotted panhandling for bitcoins outside Minnesota McDonald’s
Guess he hasn’t heard of Dogecoin yet.
The future is now, even for the impoverished and destitute. Recently, redditor kingbot noticed someone panhandling outside a McDonald’s in Dinkytown, Minn., with an unusual sort of poster: the message “EVERY BIT HELPS” appears above the logo for the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin and a QR code that no doubt links to the guy’s virtual wallet.
“[W]onder if he noticed the sign behind him,” kingbot wrote, referring to a marquee notice that indicated the fast-food restaurant was hiring at the moment. (Not that they pay a living wage.)
While other redditors quickly hatched a conspiracy theory that kingbot was himself the beggar, and the proximity to the University of Minnesota suggests a possible college prank, someone did go to the trouble of tracking down the relevant stash. After 10 transactions, this mystery man has collected 0.08755 in Bitcoin, or about $73. A decent showing, even with an Internet bump.
Depending on how Bitcoin regulation plays out over the next few years, this could be the smartest move ever, or leave him with a bunch of digital currency worth less than old-fashioned pocket change.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'