Village Voice

A Can Collector by Day, a Pianist by Night

5/22/2015

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Pierre Simmons, 62, spends his days picking up bottles and cans. He made $8 his first day. Then he met people who were "religiously" into picking up bottles and cans. "I thought a lot of these people that did this were either drug addicts or homeless," he says. "But I was wrong." Simmons says he likes the job because "nobody tells me what to do, nobody tells me when I get paid." He's also a talented pianist. "Sometimes when I'm canning, and walking those distances, a song comes to me."