It's true, I am. Whether it is homeless, panhandlers, "hey man can I buy a cigarette from you" or what have you, I am an easy Mark. If I am with a group of people, I am always the person that gets asked first, sometimes the only person in a group that will be asked. I take public transport most places I go and as someone walks through sizing people up, they always ask me. It never fails.
This isn't a problem, if I have some change to spare or an extra smoke I don't mind giving. I spent time in a homeless shelter and though I was never in a position to beg (is that the right term, it has a negative connotation that I don't really like) so I have compassion for people in need. I have been told that it's because I make eye contact, and maybe that's true but a lot of times I will be reading or have head phones on and not be paying attention to those around me and I still get asked. I can not tell you how many times I have been on a train with 20 or so people and I am either the only one asked or one of the few.
Will knowing what I look like help? The most recent picture I have is from our wedding a couple of months ago: pictured are me (I'm the big guy, my wife, the officiant and our body guard
My name is even Marc.