I do a double take and re-read his sign.
At first I did what I am sure he expects most people to do. I read, Help fight homophobia.
"I love your sign," I tell him, and he uncovers his face for a better picture.
He has friendly trickster eyes, and his smile is engaging.
"Did you know that there is a $55 fine for panhandling?" He asks.
No, I didn't.
"Yup, there is. But, the cops were nice to me one night. They told me to go across the River to panhandle - they don't fine you there."
He pauses and then he laughs, "Ya, but they forgot to mention that they put you in jail."