Mayor Bloomberg Pretty Sure There Are Barely Any Subway Panhandlers Anymore

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"There aren't very many panhandlers left, in all fairness to the MTA," Mayor Bloomberg claimed at a press conference yesterday, on kind of a random tangent. "Come on." You come on. If there aren't many panhandlers on the subway, what's with the people who announce their awful life story — five young kids, can't work because of crippling back pain, sister needs an operation, house washed away in a typhoon — to our entire subway car almost every day? Just looking for some encouragement? [NYDN]