New euros brings old coin windfall for beggars

GERMANY - The euro's launch may be causing headaches for cashiers and heartache for nationalists around Europe, but the single currency has dumped windfall profits into the laps of an unsuspecting group: beggars.

Many of the continent's homeless and penniless have discovered that Europeans are surprisingly eager to empty their pockets of their old coins to make room for the shiny new euros. Beggars report a sharp upturn in donations to their tin cups.

"Everyone loves the euro now and they all w