Skip to comments.‘Beggar’ with a ‘hungry and homeless’ sign raked in £300 A DAY while living in a £300,000 flat
Posted on 06/05/2013 12:54:58 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A beggar who claimed he was homeless and hungry for years was earning £50,000-plus ($76,690+) a year and living it up in a £300,000 ($460,140) flat, a court heard.
Simon Wright, 37, sat outside a NatWest bank in his tatty clothes with his sleeping bag, his dog, and a handwritten sign telling of his plight. Generous passers-by took pity on him and regularly gave him £200 ($306.76) to £300 ($460.14) a day. After work, he went home to his smart council flat, in Fulham, west London.
The councils community safety spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: Anyone who lives, works or shops in and around Putney High Street will be mightily relieved to see this unpleasant individual given his marching orders. He deliberately targeted people making cash withdrawals from this cash point and was extremely aggressive and abusive to anyone who refused to give him money. Many people felt frightened and intimidated by him, and there is some evidence to suggest that he used his dog to threaten and pressure people into handing over their cash.
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How would you punish this?
Beggar who sat outside Natwest bank with a hungry and homeless sign raked in £300 A DAY while living in a £300,000 flat
Make him work.
Happens here more than you know.
Got a much better idea; how about cutting out the 300k homes, opening up all those spaces to young families who might actually eventually want to get a home, not to mention lowering the costs of rent and housing at the same time since you'll be removing the ‘floor’ that the council has established in rents. Eject everyone. If you feel bad about it, set up a tent city for them, see how long people will actually sit on their duffs and how many will suddenly find the ability to hunt for a job.
For what, excelling at capitalism?
False Advertising ?
Ability to manage money well ?
I keep telling folks that over half the ones here do this as their job. They are dropped of in the morning by a “pimp” if you will who gives them a cell phone and picked up in the evening. They split the proceeds. If they can collect more than $64 in an 8 hour day they are making out better than someone making $8/hr after you take out taxes. Homeless my ares.
Ever wonder why you don’t see them on weekends? Are they not homeless then as well. They are off just like you and I are...
Capitalism is working for money, not begging or intimidating others. His outlook is highly communistic.
Not paying taxes on his income maybe?
probably tax evasion.
Fraud is fraud. Legalize fraud and that’s like legalizing communism.
Wasn’t there a Sherlock Holmes story about this?
He deliberately targeted people making cash withdrawals from this cash point and was extremely aggressive and abusive to anyone who refused to give him money. Many people felt frightened and intimidated by him, and there is some evidence to suggest that he used his dog to threaten and pressure people into handing over their cash.
OK. Now I see why you asked that question.
Gee... he sounds just like our IRS.
My daughter in law spent about a year working as a social worker in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district setting up programs for the homeless for the Salvation Army.
She could point out each of the panhandlers along the waterfront and elsewhere who were into 6 figure incomes and who were picked up in Cadillacs at the end of a hard day of begging. These guys would fight to run others out of their “territory”.
Happens a lot more than most realize.
Explain how that is criminal.
He was working on his resume to get a government job.
I won’t give to a person on the street. I will give to an organization that provides services and helps those who want to ease back in to society, to do so.
In selected places in Seattle the bums can make up to $1,000 a day. Once they get a few thou they go on a heroin binge and end up at Harborview Medical Center.
He was defrauding the welfare office if he taking taxpayer money and not reporting his earnings.
I was reading these stories 50 years ago.
I have a policy that protects me from these people; I never give money to anyone begging, ever. Never have. I would be humiliated to beg strangers for money and that’s the same way I feel about anyone who does beg. You have time to stand here all day? Then you have time to do something productive for someone and earn money. Oh, I see. Begging IS your job. You could at least entertain people in exchange for their generosity. Like this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXMuWi0dUBc Now that’s worthy of a buck. But no, you just want free money. Oh, I see. Begging IS your job. Well, f you buddy.
There is a guy in Columbia Missouri. I laugh when I see him begging in his Nike shoes and NorthFace coat.
I wish I didn’t have so much pride.
We had a guy with no legs who used to come into the Firehouse to use the bathroom. The guy had a Monkey and used to sell pencils.
he traveled around on a platform with wheels and used a chunk of rubber to push himself along. He used the firehouse because the guys would lift him off his cart so he could use the toilet.
We played a lot of tricks on the guy and once we set off a firecracker and scared the crap out of his monkey.His monkey had a big funeral when it died (Not from the firecracker, from old age.) and he retired.
He had a home in Fla. and his wife picked him up in a Cadillac after his days work.
Oh!! Did I mention he also ran numbers.
‘The Man With the Twisted Lip’
For what, excelling at capitalism?
Genuine capitalism doesn't involve fraud.
From the article:
After work, he went home to his smart council flat, in Fulham, west London.IIRC, a council flat is a taxpayer-paid housing benefit for the poor. Since he was making substantial income, he wasn't poor and his housing benefit was obtained by fraud.
I'd also presume that Britain has some sort of an income tax that he should have been paying on that (again, presumably) unreported income.
No Kidding, most of these guys dress better than I do. And earn more too !!!
That is the one.
Obviously, I have ZERO respect for this scammer, but consider, the British legal system is doing something about him, and showing a lot of indignation about him personally,
yet they continue to funnel millions of pounds to discontent radical Muslims, who, as a reward for Brit largesse, threaten to destroy the entire UK.I am not saying they’ve got their “priorities” backwards, exactly, but there is a clear reason
why they come down hard on this guy, while only pretending to wrestle with the much tougher nuts to crack, the Muslims living on the dole, and mouthing off aggressively in the Mosques.In psychology, it’s called “displacement”.
Yes it does.
Yeah... My responses were sarcasm, but I didn’t label it that way.
Plus, I had time to read more in depth, and have since mentioned that I see the crime.
Thanks for filling me in on more of the details. I haven’t had time to read the article at the link.
I hate this so much. I wouldn’t care if they shot him. This just disgusts me to the core.
AND it's not the only scam.
They have teams that sell 'novelty items' at intersections, such as kool-aid crystals in a straw, allegedly for some 'charity', which doesn't really exist.
They buy a carton 50 for a dollar, and sell them for a dollar a piece.
What, art a Marxist?
He did more than merely hold his “hand out” looking for a handout. He used his dog to try to intimidate people as well. And he lived in a completely government-subsidized apartment that was worth well over $400K. Capitalists work for a living.
Yeah, I saw that.
I was being sarcastic and no one caught it. (and I didn’t do a /s, so it’s my fault).
Anyway, and now another message from our brilliant media...
I remember that story. The big “feel-good story” fizzled quickly.
If I bug you, can I get some cash from you?
I already said there was fraud for not reporting his income and being on welfare.
Also tax free, and with any other gov benefit he could ask for.
So you regard begging as legitimate and capitalistic, versus working?
Your focus on fraud in the light of not reporting income for tax purposes bespeaks a non-capitalistic governmental outlook as well.
I focused on your question!
If gullible people didn't fund his lifestyle maybe he'd have to find a legitimate job.
Wasn’t that part of the purpose of the “bedroom tax” they recently implemented in the UK? If you’re on welfare and living somewhere with more bedrooms than people who need them, you have to pay more or give up part of the benefits because you have excess space?
You want to put him in jail for that?
Is panhandling against the law where you live?
There are limits and restrictions here in Texas, but not illegal per se.
How you equate his actions & my comments to communism and socialism escape me?
Bums do what bums do, don't be a sucker! Geezzz
You want to keep someone who is immoral and unethical, and puts same into practice, out of jail or other suitable punishment?
Conservatism is about the spirit of the law more than the letter, FWICS; that is why the Founding Fathers said that religion and morality more than written law is what the country needs to stand on. Leftists are all about the letter of the law, and how that can be bent to manipulation of the populace for the elites’ gain.
What exactly is “legitimate” panhandling?
Don't be a sucker and don't be manipulated.
BTW - "Elites" is liberal code word for successful, hard-working capitalist.
Leftist are all about the law ...I guess that is why Obama & Holder just ignore the ones they don't like.
Welfare recipients should be required to take drug test, job train, go back to school and not be on welfare forever.
...and not cheat the system by hiding income gotten by any means.