I could not find the original artist’s name.
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.