New York City Homeless Man On Mission For A Million Dollars

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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  • Ask A Million

    I will make it to a Million People not a million dollars in about 6 to 9 years. It has been really slow due to the fact that I am going back and forth to DC and Norfolk to see my daughter and Various other reasons

  • debbie gabriel

    hi everyone im sarah i know the girl that gave askamillion the laptop,it was not a donation,askamillion is a liar,he came into her home and used her for every dime she had and she has three children,pls pass this on,people need to know the truth,and he has a home,he chose to b homeless,y not get a job like everyone else,if he actually makes a million from this,that means that its ok for anyone and everyone to panhandle,i cant believe the press on this,all of u need to open ur eyes,ur being played.thx for allowing me to share my story.

    • Ask A Million

      Dear Debbie, I am Sorry for hurting your feelings.I am Sorry that I can not handle the fact that you are married and want to be with me but still want to spend time with him. I am sorry you feel the need to lie SARAH with your name above the post. And I am Sorry that You Felt like me And Gabrielle had relations. Just because she has your last name as a first name does not make her you. But everyone knows your a liar cause you lied on this post more than once. You don’t have any money so I couldn’t use every dime you had anyway… I AM homeless. I don’t want to stay with you because you try to make me be with you. Soo I would rather sleep out side then to live somewhere like that. She is trying to sabotage me because she is mad about Me and My Fiance and daughters mom are working things out. My suggestion is to move on Debbie. Get over it. And tell Bianca and Jr and Corin I love them and miss them. You said we cant even be friends on their behalf. I tried to be your friend but thats not good enough and I am sorry for that too…

  • KPMc

    Another foreigner coming here looking for a handout. When are we going to put a stop to these white gingers taking advantage of America’s generosity?

    • Ask A Million

      I am not a foreigner… I was born and raised in America guy. I am not looking for a hand out either. And quit hating on my hair man. I love my hair dude. Us Gingers rule

  • DanTe

    LIB T ARD reporters are always so sympathetic and empathetic of useless parasites.

    • Ask A Million

      First I would like to say I am no parasite. I am a Human Being and you should take notice of that. I am respectable and considerate. So if you Feel that way I am sorry. But have a nice day and I appreciate the comment.

  • p

    British man make living selling on street corner.

  • p

    Demographics are not in state budgets favor.

    • Ask A Million

      Sure it is in the states budget because the state isn’t paying for it…

  • Concern

    Charities:,,,, & posts)

    could be more than……..

  • brad

    Hope the IRS keeps a tab on this dude!!

    • Ask A Million

      I am paying taxes dude… But seriously though you’re worried about taxes?

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