A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 15, 2005
Jughead
"Jughead" (Jones) is the name of a character in the Archie comic strip, starting in December 1941.

The United Homeless Organization (UHO) has members in front of many New York businesses, with large water jugs waiting to be filled up with dollars. The New York Post has called these UHO members "jugheads." The term is not a particularly kind one and probably shouldn't be used.

18 December 2001, New York Post, pg. 3:
Jugheads Keep Cash You Give to Homeless
By TOM TOPOUSIS

Generous New Yorkers who toss spare change into plastic jugs set out by the United Homeless Organization are doing little more than supporting organized panhandling, The Post has learned.

Despite claims that the money donated at UHO tables throughout Manhattan pays for programs for the homeless, at least 80 percent of the cash is pocketed by the men and women doing the fund-raising.

The Bronx-based charity charges $15 for a five-hour shift at a table. All the rest of the money is kept by the fund-raiser, who is outfitted with the table, laminated literature, a water jug, and an ID card.

19 February 2002, New York Post, pg. 16:
Spitzer Homes in on Charity -
Brazen Jug Collectors Still Work the Streets
By TOM TOPOUSIS
(...)
Officials for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say they are in the "preliminary stages" of a review of UHO's records.

IRS filings obtained for the organization show that none of the money turned over by the street tables was used for anything but the UHO's own administrative expenses.

Under the last filing available, UHO officials reported taking in $38,091 during 2000.

But that represented only a fraction of the money collected on the street.

Fund-raising workers pay UHO about $20 for a five-hour shift at an organization table and the group's trademark blue water jug, in which donations are stuffed.
Posted by Barry Popik
Workers/People • (0) Comments • Friday, April 15, 2005 • Permalink