Live Life As A Homeless Person – For Only $2,000!

Homeless in Seattle

A Seattle man is offering “The sub-URBAN Experience,” in which you can pay $2,000 to live undercover as a homeless person in Seattle with a tour guide for three days. So I can’t even afford to be homeless?

Tour guide Mike Momany, 62, writes “in three days I will give you a crash experience of the homeless lifestyle. You will gain a new respect for the folks that find themselves in this predicament.”

“You will see the seedier side of Seattle in a new light and have an experience that you will never forget!”

As for the education needed to become a homeless tour guide, you don’t need a fancy degree – just some good old fashioned homeless experience. Mike Momany has been homeless for the last for two months so he knows all about it! He has been staying in a cheap International District hostel at night, using the Central Library as his “office” by day, and spending the rest of his time learning about popular homeless hangouts.

“Your Course in Applied Homelessness begins by transforming your look and persona into that of an anonymous homeless person,” he writes. “You will get a nickname and a simple life script. You will be completely anonymous.”

Momany’s homeless tour has attracted a fair amount of media attention – mainly negative. Ok, all negative. Seattle residents are describing the experience as “poverty tourism,” “exploitative,” and “tacky as hell.” But Momany says it’s not about the money. Well, it’s partially about the money – but also about the education!

“It’s really not to make money,” he said. He considers his tour “educational.”

So, has he made any money yet? No. So far, no one has taken him up on his offer. Maybe try Vancouver and throw in a bit of a crack adventure?

Via: Seattle Post Intelligencer  

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