This story could break your heart but by the time you get finish watching, could have you blowing a gasket.
Everyone has heard the stories before about some man or woman pretending to be mentally and physically handicapped, riding around in a wheelchair all day begging for handouts. This game they play make it harder on the real down and out ones that are having a tough time, but this one has me hopping mad!
This man boldly claims in front of the camera with a smile and a crazy proudness he is a cripple and makes up to $100,000 a year from his panhandling.
His name is Gary Thompson, from Texas, gets around Lexington, Kentucky, in a wheelchair that he says he needs because he has difficulty walking. He also maneuvers his hands in a way that would lead the untrained eye to believe he had difficulty using them.
His sob story to passers-by is that his family took the money he received when he hurt in a car accident, which left him paralyzed. He does have some difficulty walking but as you see, he’s capable of without the wheelchair.
When confronted with his scheme by LEX 18 news station, he laughed and said he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
‘I appreciate you guys busting me,’ Thompson told a reporter. ‘Yeah, I’m really good at it, really good. I clear about 100,000 dollars a year doing this.
‘Anything from 60,0000 to 100,00 dollars. I am normal, it just helps to be mentally handicapped.’
Not only can Thompson speak and use his arms properly, but he has a degree in speech pathology that allowed him to mimic a mentally disabled person.
The average household income in Kentucky is around $42,000 a year.
What do you think of this guy’s racket? Is he a criminal? Leave your thoughts in the comment section and share this on your Twitter/Facebook wall for discussion.