February 27, 2006

Local San Fran Artist Offers Handouts To Homeless, Then Renegs

An artist named Joe Canada (if that is his real name) tried to organize a giveaway to homeless people in San Francisco, offering $10 a person. Canada, however, experienced second thoughts when he saw the crowd that decided to take him up on the offer.

More than 500 people -- some who had arrived before noon -- showed up for the 4 p.m. giveaway but walked away empty-handed. Joe Canada, an artist from Novato, spoke to the crowd for about an hour but drove away before he or any of his 20 volunteers could hand out any bills. The size of the crowd might have intimidated him, police said.

"There were too many people," Sgt. Anthony Manfreda said. "He just got spooked."

The crowd saw Canada pulling away in his truck on Polk Street and began walking quickly toward the truck. The volunteers headed the people off and convinced them to return to the area near the entrance to the Civic Center underground parking lot.

The crowd began cursing and yelling at Canada and his volunteers.

"This was just a great big joke on us," Steve Hunt said. "He better not show his face here again."

He better not show his face, that is, unless he has Mr. Hunt's 10 bucks.

Local liquor store owners were also excited at the prospect of racking up some $5,000 in sales for the evening only to be disappointed by the artist's sudden departure.

Posted by: Gary at 02:32 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 So what did he talk about for an hour, was he just stalling until someone pulled around back with the truck? Loser.

Posted by: Jane at February 27, 2006 08:40 PM (Ffvoi)

2 Is that what they mean by $10 Canadian?

Posted by: .....Dan at February 28, 2006 04:50 AM (Hvsud)

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