A night or two ago I was on the express train, either the 4 or 5 (they run the same track), heading to Union Square, and this guy announced that he was going to give us a performance. He reached into a plastic bag on the floor and turned on his radio. Then he did some gymnastics and dancing using the bars in the train that you’re meant to hold onto. I was a bit worried that he might accidentally kick someone in the head, maybe me since I was sitting so close. He pulled it off without incident though, and it was definitely entertaining after a long day, so when he asked for a handout afterwards, quite a few people gave him some change. I gave him a dollar.
I never hand out money to beggars, because it annoys me and there are plenty of social programs to help them get a job, but I don’t mind handing out a little cash to someone that’s working for it, even if it’s just a minute long show on a subway train.