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Bailout bucks draw needy New Yorkers

2009-02-06 08:38:19 GMT2009-02-06 16:38:19 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Bailout frenzy in New York's Times Square as company hands out cash.

The bailout booth will travel soon to Washington, DC , Boston, and Philadelphia.


Need money? Got time?

A so-called "Bailout Booth" in Times Square is doling out $50 and $100 bills to anyone over 18 who can explain why they need it.

Unemployed New Yorker Lisa Forsee spent five hours in she's bringing home the bacon.

SOUNDBITE: Lisa Forsee, New York resident, saying (English): "You know, a hundred dollars is great. It'll help out so much, and I appreciate it. You know, what a great job they have. And you're getting to see it's helping people, helping society, you know, giving back."

The bailout booth is the brainchild of a classified advertisement spokeswoman Jewel Elizabeth:

SOUNDBITE: Jewel Elizabeth,, saying (English): "People are here to just you know get their personal bailout. They've heard about the corporations getting their multi-million dollar bailouts from the government and it's time for that to trickle down to the every day guy on the street."

But with hundreds braving freezing temperatures to wait in line, some are trying to stand out from the crowd. Californian Tony Williams said he got a prime place in line when he showed the bailout booth his brand new tattoo.

SOUNDBITE: Tony Williams, Bailout booth customer, saying (English): "I heard about this whole thing in a shelter that I'm staying at. I had my cell phone and clothes taken in the shelter. All I had left was this, so I came down and said what about if I got a tattoo, you know, to get in line. They said yeah, go ahead man." says getting bailed out is have to show ID, and convince them to give you the cash.

The bailout booth will travel soon to Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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