Thursday, October 12, 2006

SCN in today's Globe

Scams hurt newspaper's mission

By April Simpson, Globe Staff | October 12, 2006

Ever since homeless and poor people started hawking the Spare Change News, impostors have tried to interlope on the action.

But in the alternative newspaper's 14th year, the scams have reached such a level, cutting profits and tainting the paper's image, that its staff is trying new ways to distinguish the real vendors from the fake.

"It amazes me when people try to rip off an organization like us," said Lee Mandell , vice president of the newspaper's board. "All we're trying to do is help people who are homeless and have economic difficulties. A scam off of us is just really mean."

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