(WLEX) He's in a wheelchair, and gets his money by making you feel sorry for him.
Gary Thompson, says he rakes in $60,000 to $100,000 a year begging. But his sob story is a sham, and he admitted it just outside the police department in Lexington, Kentucky right after police held a news conference about his activities.
He is in a wheelchair, because he has difficulty walking, but his speech isn't slurred and his arms are fully functioning. Thompson is not the man he makes himself out to be.
LEX 18 found his mother won a $2.5 million lawsuit against Honda years ago. Thompson says he used to do the same routine when he lived in Austin, Texas.
"I appreciate you guys busting me," Thompson says as he laughs. "Yeah, I'm really good at it, really good. I clear about 100,000 dollars a year doing this." Thompson goes on to tell us, "I am normal, it just helps to be mentally handicapped."
"Helps" with his business. Thompson is banking on the fact you'll feel sorry for him, enough to give him your hard-earned money.
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