You might spot Brett Clevidence, with sign in hand, standing on a street corner in the Portland area.
“I hate doing it. I hate the fact that I did it for so long. It’s been a year off and on, whenever incomes weren’t enough,” Brett said. “That’s what I resorted to.”
“There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, especially if you’re being honest,” he added. “But you get a lot of mean looks.”
He holds signs to make the money he needs to help support himself and his girlfriend.
“[She was] one of my coworkers. I ended up falling in love with her,” he said.