Homeless Man Accepts Credit Card Donations On Cellphone

| by Michael Allen
Credit card reader attached to a smartphoneCredit card reader attached to a smartphone

Abe Hagenston, a homeless man in Detroit, accepts credit and debit card donations on his cellphone.

“I take VISA, MasterCard, American Express,” Hagenston told WWJ Newsradio, according to CBS Detroit. “I’m the only homeless guy in America who can take a credit card. It’s all done safely and securely through”

Hagenston, who has a credit-card reader attached to his phone, has been homeless in the Motor City for about seven years and lives under an overpass.

Hagenston says that he and some other homeless folks have formed a union of sorts, asking for money in shifts.

He also shovels snow for money, but that gig has come up short this year.

“What we’re lacking is snow,” Hagenston said. “[So,] of course, there’s no snow removal. I used to look forward to that, doing some shoveling.”

Without that extra shoveling money, Hagenston can't afford new prescription glasses.

On Jan. 27 and 28, volunteers across the country took part in what is called the Point in Time Count, a headcount of homeless Americans, the the Detroit Free Press reports. 

In 2015, the count was 2,748 for the Detroit area, according to Tasha Gray, executive director of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit. Most of the individuals were inside shelters, but 151 were out on the streets.

Gray hopes the 2016 count shows a reduction of 400 homeless people.

Sources: CBS DetroitDetroit Free Press / Photo Credit:

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