If you run out of money this is a good option. Why? becuz you are out in the open, you are socializing and if you get harassed by perps then it is right out in the open.
Its also a way to push your activism possibly if you have a website or blog.
Panhandling, spange-ing, (west coast), stemming(northeast)..yes it is basically begging. But often it may be necessary or even desirable.
A TI who is in need of 5 dollars for the day or 50 dollars for a room for the night may need to partake in pan handling.
Outside of necessity it may be something you want to do depending on your level of isolation. You will learn that the isolation brought about by organized stalking and harassment is what dumbs you down and brings on suicide ideation and even damages one's health.
For some of us the hunting or gathering instinct is somehow fullfilled by this action.
It also can serve to make a safe level of interaction with the public.
One can attempt to give out materials concerning one's activism as well.
You may get harassed for multiple reasons.
1) just your average bs from humans picking on a beggar
I always got lots of crap becuz I looked attractive and clean. I also got harassed by perps with intent on harassing me personally as a Target. How can one tell the difference? Just like you do when you are NOT begging. The perps are stalkers and their intent is not just to have a quick bit of fun with a run in on the street with a person panhandling or to mess with a woman or try to pick her up or all the normal harassment a street person/lone traveler gets...perps have sophisticated methods of psych warfare and they will always intimate that they know all about your situation on levels that merer strangers should not have awareness of and access to.
The great thing is that they are going to have to utilize public space (as they always do) but this time YOU the TI have a strong hold on your territory. They have to come up to you while you are set up and stationary and if the harassment gets too weird or frequent the public will start taking notice. At least that is how I always played it while alone.
It is probably better if you spange with other people you trust.