Ringside Seat Bad choices, tough economy make life hard for handyman

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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 8:18 am, Tue May 13, 2014.

Not many panhandlers pass out business cards. Bohdan Sywanyk is the exception.

“Bodie The Handyman” is the name on his card. It contains the number to his mobile phone and a black-and-gray caricature of a rawboned, bespectacled man holding a hammer.

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  • Pam Walker posted at 10:08 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 111

    Good for you Mr. Spraitz. You should be extremely proud of yourself. It sounds like you had a long hard row but came out in the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Sam Atakra posted at 2:52 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Sam Atakra Posts: 43

    $60? That's about half what a panhandler was making daily in San Francisco 8 years ago. We're catching up!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:34 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2893

    "But, he says, he learned long ago to stay away from the historic square, as have many others who beg for money." - That's unless you have a busker's license, of course.


  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:55 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1061

    Meanwhile local liberal anglos and illegal migrants rights groups pushed to have benches installed, overhangs built, port-a-poties brought in, and are serving breakfast and coffee to illegals who sell dope and hassle females under the guise of looking for work over by Guadalupe church. They even have their own reporter on SFNM staff in Uriel Garcia. I'm sorry, what country is this?

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:10 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 495

    Why not just create a list of who can or cannot access the plaza. Make sure you spell my name right when you place it at the top of the list ok! At least Mr. Sywanyk is a little bit freer than I yes.[whistling]

  • Steve Spraitz posted at 12:16 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    tilesteve Posts: 42

    been there, done all that,got a t-shirt even, convicted of dui, lost my self esteem, etc,
    sis was murdered, brother od'd, ditto with parents and other siblings,
    pulled myself out of giant hole.'
    life goes on.............
    took 27 years though to do it. been clean and sober ever since.


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