Alpo Man and other award-winning panhandlers

Just for fun, this look at past panhandlers on the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 in Boulder, CO — along with my lament that Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill has attracted many more drunken sociopaths who are NOT at all funny.


By Max R. Weller

2009 Boulder Freddie Award

(Originally published on December 30, 2009).

Named after that classic Red Skelton character, Freddie the Freeloader, I’ve decided to create this special way to recognize the most entertaining of Boulder’s panhandlers . . .


The 2009 winner, a guy who simply blew away all of his competition, is “Alpo Man”. I just heard about him last night and the story is secondhand, but the source is reliable: This homeless guy panhandles in south Boulder, and like many others he takes care to maintain the most filthy and downright grubby appearance possible to portray that pathetic down-and-out persona. Panhandlers claim that this makes more money — but Alpo Man has added a special twist. He stands there with his cardboard sign, eating out of a large can of Alpo dog food for all to see.

Don’t be misled; Alpo Man dumps out the dog food…

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