To New Orleans street performers

I’m sorry, but I am not obligated to give you money because I snap your photograph. Don’t stop playing your music and howl at me that I now owe you something. If I think that you’ve earned my dough with those two or three barrel-house piano riffs you repeat endlessly and those dog yelps you let out in place of singing, I will pay you, but once you enter a public space, you have no reasonable expectation of being able to control your image. People can snap as many photos as they like and pay you nothing. If they do drop a few bucks into your pail after taking a few photos, it’s a courtesy, not an obligation. You’re part of the scenery now, and local color, and therefore will wind up in photos now and then, and that just comes with the territory.

And I say this as someone who is preparing to join your ranks.

1 Comment so far

  1. jfbiii (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 8:53 am

    Maybe they graduated from the Ethan Hawke Asshat Street Performance Academy.

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