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"Weed Man" Battles "Beer Man" in Times Square

A panhandler raising funds for weed allegedly stabs a panhandler begging for beer.

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By May Wilkerson

06/24/13

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Why can't two panhandlers with a shared affinity for honesty get along? News reports say a battle for turf broke out between two panhandlers on Friday night in Times Square—one whose sign reads "Help! I need money for weed" and the other whose sign reads "I need beer." After his rival allegedly spat on him, Joshua Long aka "Weed Man" reportedly stabbed Wayne Semancik, aka "Beer Man," at their shared post on 42nd street, near 7th avenue. "When you spit in my face, darling, I'm going to hit you. I don't care who you are, how big you are, I'm going to hit you," said Semancik. "So the man, he pulled out a pen because I was hitting him, and he started stabbing me in the face, and I have five stab wounds in my face right now." He was treated for minor injuries. Police arrested Long after speaking to two witnesses, who were wearing Alien and Predator masks.

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