Chris Gardner asked a hippy to watch over his bone density scanner while he went inside the Dean Witter company to apply for an interview as an intern. The hippy ended up running off with it and Chris wasn't able to catch her.
Chris got arrested for failure to pay his parking tickets. He had to stay overnight at the police station and was suppose to be released first thing in the morning but had an interview for Dean Witter at 10:15 and he was not interview ready. The next morning he ran from the police station to his interview.
Because Chris didnt pay his taxes, the government took his money from his bank account. He was left with only $6.23. He was broke.