Cosamaloapan, Veracruz Nov 2004

 I felt like this photo needed a little context.

The man isn’t randomly asking for money.

In Mexico, the road workers usually have someone take tips for the roadwork they do. I doubt they collect a ton of money but maybe just enough to get everyone a beer and some tacos after work.

 I’ve also seen “freelancers” do this kind of work especially on roads that are hardly maintained by the government. In my neighborhood, there’s a man that collects tips for maintaining the paint at stop signs and speed bumps. A few months ago, a man was filling the potholes in a heavily traveled road while his wife took up the collection.  Almost everyone that drove by dropped a little cash.

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