In New York, one of the free morning papers is called amNewYork. There's a guy at the Bellmore LIRR station who gives them out, offering them with "am in the AM?" (I don't know if he actually would capitalize that second "AM", but allow me some latitude. His presentation is strictly verbal.) :)
When I started commuting, I took it some days and passed on others. I already have the "newspaper of record" with me every day, but I sometimes took a look anyhow. After several weeks of seeing this man, I find myself taking his paper more and more often.
I do this to myself. I started thinking, "look at how happy he is when someone takes one," or "He looks like he's lived a hard life. How does it hurt me to just take one?"
Actually, he does look like life has been rough. He has that look of someone who has seen a rough 70 years but is only 50 years old.
amNewYork isn't too bad, but it's hardly worth carrying with me when I already have the Times. Besides, they use cheap ink that rubs off all over my fingers. But I just feel so guilty, if I say "no, thanks" to this poor man.
Am I silly or what?