Monday, October 30, 2006

Bum Stylin' At the Bears

The Bears used to let you carry "one last" beer from the parking lot where everyone tailgates to the door of the stadium. Recently, for whatever reason, they started cracking down, saying that they'd arrest anyone who brought a beer out of the lot towards the stadium. Lots of people disregard the sign and do it anyways, but most Bears fans are relatively law-abiding so they toss that beer before they leave the north end of the south lot.

To make things a bit easier they put a big dumpster right near the pedestrian exit. As people walk by they toss that last half-drunk beer into the bin.

In Chicago we have enterprising bums. A lot of bums (you can see 4 of them from the guy in the blue jacket on the left all the way to the guy with the hat on the right) stand by this dumpster and waylay you to give them the last half of your beer instead of throwing it away. Since this seems more efficient than "wasting" that last beer, lots of people do so and the bums end up with a myriad of half drunk beers of various (mostly US) vintages.

Good thing the crack security at Soldiers Field is all over this... Posted by Picasa

6 comments:

Dan from Madison said...

That photo is classic. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And you are right about the security doing NOTHING.

Random note, I like the flying cup you see in midair on the left - note the bums are not exactly scrambling to get to the coffee.

Anonymous said...

Definitely the Land of Opportunity: I especially like the bum in the red coat who thought ahead to have a tray, so he can horde more than two beers at a time. Must be a U of I grad...

Dan from Madison said...

I was thinking Purdue, but could be U of I.

Jonathan said...

Knocking back (half) a cold one while leaning on your elbows over a dumpster. It doesn't get much better than that.

CZ said...

Daaaaa...Bumssss!

Carl from Chicago said...

I sent a link to this over to Redeye in Chicago and they actually wrote back and said that it was a "classic". I'll take that as a compliment (Redeye is the local hipster version of the Chicago Tribune).