The old bum is a marketing GENIUS!!!
He sits in front of a shoe store looking cold, hungry and pathetic.
"Normal" people naturally assume he's there hoping to raise enough money for shoes.
They give generously. And give...and give...and give...
Of course he had to get rid of the new boots. His bare feet are a prop for his scam.
He probably rakes in $500.00 TAX FREE dollars every day!
He sneaks back to his free apartment after dark every night to sleep in his nice warm bed.
Sips on his FREE hot cocoa and laughs his ass off at all of the suckers in the world.