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Following is the conversation between WAVE 3 reporter John Boel and Thompson according to WAVE 3.
"Please help, fell out of my wheelchair today, all my coins, somebody take it," Thompson said. "Need bus fare get back home."
I asked him what was wrong.
"Hit by truck 9-year-old, but I no hurt that bad, left side," he said.
I asked him his name.
"Gary Davis, nice to meet you," he said.
Then I pulled out a real camera and started recording.
"You're really Gary Thompson," I said. "My name is John Boel with WAVE, been watching you. You're the bogus beggar guy who makes $100,000 a year right? Yeah you are, got a degree in speech pathology, able to change your voice. I've seen all the stories on you."
"That's a lie," he said. "I don't want to be on camera. I never ask them nothing I going to Churchill Downs."
I told him he could be straight with me because I know his deal.
"Not doing no deal," he said. "Put me off camera don't want to be on camera. I don't do nothing wrong."
I asked him if it's true he burned through a $2,500,000 judgment in a lawsuit. He nodded yes, then said, "Not burn. Don't want to be on camera. I break it."
I asked him if he feels bad faking this act when there are people around him who are really suffering.
"I not faking nothing," he said.
Boel says Thompson gave him a wink once the camera was off.
a reply to: minusinfinity
Honestly people should prioritize. If I'm homeless and someone gives me a few bucks I wouldn't run to the liquor store. I would save the money. Perhaps running to the liquor store or ordering pizza or whatever my vices are is why I'm homeless in the first place! Not falling for your nonsense.
originally posted by: rickymouse
It makes people feel good when they help others. Many studies confirm this. It is not so much about the beggers but the effect on the one who gives.
Of course this does not work with people with a negative attitude towards the poor.
originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: candlestick
BS the percentage of the con men ones is tiny.