MSN: Gary Thompson just made life harder for panhandlers. The Lexington, Ky., man is an alleged scammer, playing to the heartstrings of would-be do-gooders who can’t resist his act — that of a wheelchair-bound man with a mental disability. How good is he? He boasts he can make up to $100,000 a year. Thompson was “busted” by a TV station Monday shortly after police warned the public about his alleged scam. During a surreal nearly-nine-minute interview, Thompson fessed up, that aside from some difficulty walking due to a past motorcycle accident, he’s physically healthy and mentally sharp; he has a college degree in speech pathology. Thompson admitted “he’s really good” at gaming people and bragged about his con artist ways, declaring himself “the best in Lex.”
Get a load of this guy, huh? Represents everything wrong with America today. Also why I never give money to these people in the subway or the street. Seen this shit way too much. Sorry to those who are really homeless or handicapped but all it takes is one bad apple to spoil the bunch. Don’t get me wrong–if I have extra food on me and you’re begging, I’ll hand it over but don’t think for a second that you’re getting a dime out of me by crying me a sob story on the A train. You want to help these people then donate clothes to Salvation Army or money to homeless shelters.