|Hard at work - apparently - filling in a pothole in Bogotá's Samper Mendoza neighborhood.|
|Here comes a car!|
Unfortunately, what you saw was probably a scam. The guy was likely only pretending to work, to squeeze donations from sympathetic motorists.
I've also seen these guys at 'work' sweeping pedestrian bridges. One time, I walked past one of these public-minded individuals sweeping away on a pedestrian overpass. On my way home hours later I passed him again, standing in the same place, sweeping the exact same spot.
It's a bit sad to think of the good people handing over money, even if it's just a bit, to these scammers. But perhaps the good feeling the donor gets is worth more than the pesos.
And if the city wants to shut down these scams, I'll suggest a simple method: Actually maintain the streets and pedestrian ways.
|'How about donating a couple thousand pesos, man?'|
Check out also the spilled food trick.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours