Raffi Stepanian, NYC Treasure Hunter, Lives Off Tweezers and a Butter Knife
"The percentage of gold out here on the street is greater than the amount of gold you would find in a mine," he claims, dubiously. "It comes close to a mother lode because in the street, you're picking up gold left by the industry."
The Post claims that Stepanian finds enough to "make a living," but quotes only one six-day haul of $819. If, for example, he scoured for six hours per day, that's $22.75 an hour, admittedly way better than making lattes. Whether or not it's a sustainable lifestyle doesn't seem to cross the guy's mind.