A beggar claiming to be paraplegic was seen scooting around on a skateboard on a street in Wenling, Zhejiang province province yesterday, gaining onlookers’ sympathy and money. The saddest part about it? He was a fake.
The miserable scene mixed with some recorded music was enough to get several people pulling change out of their pockets to help the struggling man. When a reporter gave him some money and asked if he needed anything, the beggar replied: “What can you do to help me?” I hate journalists the most,” Xinhua News reports.
The reporter followed the beggar to a bus stop, where he took off all the ragged clothes, put them into a knitted bag, took off the socks that had been tied on his shoes and stood up. He even rushed to the road to get on the bus.
Fake beggars can earn more than 10,000 yuan a month in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China Daily reported last year. Just last week, a photo of a beggar holding an iPhone in Beijing triggered hot discussion online.
By Dina Li