Looking disheveled and unshaven, I stood outside my local Starbucks and panhandled for money. I said I was an unemployed Desert Storm veteran. I mentioned that my wife and child left me and that I hadn’t eaten in a week.
TOTAL AMOUNT COLLECTED: 87 cents
After showering and putting on a Lacoste polo shirt, I returned to the exact same spot to panhandle for money. This time, I asked my film school friend, Roland, to show up with his camera and videotape me. When asking for money, I told passerbys that I was one of the participants on NBC’s "The Apprentice" and that our latest "task" was to use our marketing skills to obtain the most money by "begging," or risk being "fired" by "the Donald." I told everyone how important winning this game was to me, because despite my trust fund, my Harvard education, and my success as a Wall Street attorney in my father’s firm, I thought it would be "cool" to become Donald Trump’s apprentice and try to get a television gig of my own. After all, who doesn’t want to be on TV?
TOTAL AMOUNT COLLECTED: 467 dollars, including 2 dollars I took from a homeless Desert Storm veteran