February 27, 2013

Pro, Fake Kentucky Beggar Makes $100,000 a Year in Lexington

Don't give to con Gary Thompson - photo credit: www.lex18.com
What should you do if you want to make $100,000 a year in Kentucky? If you're Gary Thompson of  Lexington, you learn to be a good actor, get in a wheelchair, and beg people to the tune of a six-figure income annually.

Playing on the sympathies of those wanting to help the less fortunate, Thompson straps himself in a wheelchair and poses as a handicap person in need. What Thompson does is pretend he has a mental disorder, as well as difficulty talking, in order to cause people to want to give him money.

Unfortunately, Thompsons' scam is making victims out of people who don't have a lot of money themselves, and have given sacrificially believing he's in worse shape than them. It's a crime really, and while Thompson gets arrested occasionally for panhandling, he is let out to go about his dark deed soon afterwards.

This con shouldn't be hurting in any way, as he was in a car crash 20 years ago where he received a settlement of $2.5 million, which he says is long gone.

Now that he has so arrogantly boasted of his misdeeds, he should be arrested for theft, as his lie surely hurts people who give to him, especially those that are hurting financially themselves.

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