Common and easy to pull off because canes are cheap, and can cost under $10.
Usually done for the following reasons:
-To gain sympathy from onlookers
-To get a physician to declare one disabled
-To obtain a handicapped parking permit
-To be given priority in line or obtain priority seating reserved for the disabled (such as on a bus or train)
-To use electric shopping carts reserved for the disabled when in reality too lazy to walk
-To fraudulently obtain various disability benefits such as discounts or government handouts