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We've just learned, via Eonline, that In Touch magazine's spreading the story that Ben Affleck bummed a twenty off a papparazzo recently to buy a fruit smoothie in girlfriend Jennifer Garner's Brentwood neighborhood. In Touch breathlessley recounts, "Ben took the money, went into the store and left," says the photog, who was reportedly happy to let Affleck keep the change." Geez, what a novel way to panhandle. Let's all try it the next time we notice the paps sitting outside The Ivy or Kitson.