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Richard Russler, 77, stands on a corner in Flagstaff Tuesday asking passers-by for financial help. The Flagstaff Police Department has introduced a voucher program to discourage people from giving cash to panhandlers. (Felicia Fonseca/The Associated Press)

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Richard Russler claims a corner along a Flagstaff street, hoping the steady stream of motorists will net him $40 a day for a hotel room and maybe some food.

By Felicia Fonseca September 17, 2014