PEGGY COLLIN’S Topsham snowman is willing to shovel for cash.

PEGGY COLLIN’S Topsham snowman is willing to shovel for cash.

TOPSHAM

Panhandling can be controversial, with some Midcoast residents expressing either empathy, anger or indifference at the practice.

Topsham resident Peggy Collin has a more humorous take, placing a snowman at the Topsham Fair Mall on a median where panhandling is common.

“I love the snow,” Collin said, who is originally from Canada.

On Sunday, Collin and her boyfriend made the snowman at home, took it apart, and drove it in their SUV to the mall with windows rolled down. Once at the mall, they reassembled it, using sticks to make sure it wouldn’t fall apart.

PEGGY COLLIN’S snowman appears to have sweated off some pounds after warmer temperatures this week.

PEGGY COLLIN’S snowman appears to have sweated off some pounds after warmer temperatures this week.

They put a sign with the snowman that reads: “Need $ I will shovel.”

Another sign later appeared that read, “Three little snowballs to feed,” Collin said.

There was also writing on the traffic sign next to the snowman’s perch where she later noticed someone had written “No $ for bums.”

Their snowman wasn’t meant to upset anyone, Collin said; she just thought it was cute.

“There was shoveling to be done, no one should have been standing on that corner holding a sign,” she said.

Since building the snowman, pictures have circulated around Facebook. For the most part, responses have been positive.

“We got the message that we wanted — to make people laugh and brighten someone’s day,” Collin said.

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