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New York City Homeless Man On Mission For A Million Dollars

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Chris Coon (credit: Ask A Million)

Chris Coon (credit: Ask A Million)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - How long would it take to get one dollar from a million people in New York City?

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With The Story

It didn’t start as a social experiment; Chris Coon, 29, just wanted to get off the streets.

“[I] just decided ‘I’m going to ask a million people for a dollar,'” Coon told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “Someone told me that if I was taking demographics I could sell the demographics later.”

So there he stands, writing down their ages, ethnicities, incomes, and whether they gave a dollar or more to help support him and his two daughters.

He has received more than just money. A Bulgarian woman bought Coon a laptop.

With the laptop, Coon now updates statistics on his website AskAMillion.

“I don’t want no one to feel ‘He’s just asking people for money to go use on drugs,'” Coon said. “I don’t do any drugs.”

Another donor gave him a suit when she heard he was going to try this on Wall Street.

“Since I’ve been wearing that suit, I’ve noticed that the percentage of people that give has went up. I mean, skyrocketed. Thirty percent to about sixty percent,” he says. “That’s the number one thing I learned. People go on appearance more than anything.”

To get to a million bucks at this rate, it’ll take another 43 years.

Do you think he’ll reach is goal sooner? Let us know below…

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