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Make a Living- the Beggars Way
Ken Johnson, 52
BEGGING for long hours pays well for KEN JOHNSON who had no home and had been in the begging business since the late 90's. He earns up to $50,000 a year from kind-hearted souls. He eked out his living, sitting 16 solid hours daily, rain or shine in busy thoroughfares. His income ranges from $400 to $75 per day
Mr.Johnson frowns on welfare, saying it makes you like a cripple
He told the Sunday Telegraph that he doesn't smoke, drink or take drug. He couldn't afford to pay room rental because he's raising fund to help a friend who needs a liver transplant.
He said people are likely to give at the end of the day when they're going home and happy.
Note: Brother Sharp's true identity is Cheng Guorong. He's a widower with 2 children. He was reunited lately with his family. Read this interesting link.
From a popular beggar post, BROTHER SHARP has become a celebrity online. He has gained quite a number of avid fans and followers. Netizens have hailed him as "The Ultimate Gorgeous No 1 Passerby Handsome Guy" beggar, owing to his nondescript appearance.
One of his fans perhaps attracted by his manly appearance has left this comment: " He doesn’t really look like a beggar, more like a vagabond. The quality of this person’s tops are all not bad, a down jacket, cotton jacket, even a leather jacket inside, and though they’re a bit dirty, they’re all in good condition, not the kind that beggars find from the trash."
MR TO, King of Beggars
MR To started his begging career single-handedly. Now he's known as KING OF BEGGARS the fact that he has about 45 beggar-employees under his umbrella. Witty and wise, he did all the tricks in the book to let all the 45 beggars or so worked harmoniously for him by begging. Persuasive, Mr.To has transferred all techniques and know-how of begging to his wards.
Prasetio30 my fellow hubber hinted that Mr To -for his managereal skills and ability- earns something like $1,000 monthly. Let's make it clear that this King of Beggars no longer goes out to the streets to beg but wait for his daily share. Meanwhile, while his beggar-followers are scouring the streets amidst rain and the heat of the sun- for alms, Mr.To attends to his other businesses.
By cursory examination, Mr.To owns 3 plushy houses and a Mercedes Benz car. BEGGING IS LUCRATIVE, isn't it? What can you say?