With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of the fake monks to the North End.
As in previous years, these monks dressed as panhandlers, also known as the Fake Monk Mafia, ask tourists and other passersby for money, pretending to raise funds for religious causes. In these photos submitted by Joe Mendola, you can actually see two different fake monks crossing paths near Christopher Columbus Park.
Last year, the neighborhood council held a community chat regarding the fake monk situation. As a result, council members worked with local businesses to post notifications around the neighborhood to alert tourists of this scam, in hopes of driving out the monks in a peaceful manner.
Now, it seems they have returned to deceive a new crop of summer tourists.
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