I think it was in an article that came out around HTDAAB that it was mentioned that Bono handed out hundred dollar bills to the homeless on a regular basis but to my knowledge this is the first time I've seen a photo of it.
I was listening/partially watching a 360 show on youtube the other day and when it got to the encore and Bono started thanking Blackberry, Live Nation, etc my skin started to crawl a little when thinking about what the Bono of fifteen-thirty years ago would have thought about doing something like that in show.
Seeing this pic is a great reminder for me that while some things about the man have changed the things that are truly important haven't.
I remember hearing that Bono gave a hundred dollar bill to a homeless man in Times Square while Bono was filming a video for one of the songs on Achtung Baby.
I either read this in Bill Flanagan's "At the End of the World" or from a friend who was working as a P.A. on the set (his job was to hose down the street so that it looked shiny under the lights at night).
So, he's been doing this for a while.
No doubt B's got a good heart.
I don't blame him for doing it quickly, too. As a woman, I would also be afraid to get to close to a stranger (homeless or not) - who knows if I'll be grabbed, etc. And Bono once closely compared being a rockstar to being a woman =) "I now know how it feels to be a babe."