Fury as beggar 'pretends to be a Grenfell Tower fire victim to get money from kind-hearted strangers'

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Fury as beggar 'pretends to be a Grenfell Tower fire victim to get money from kind-hearted strangers'

Post by HoratioTarr on Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:05 am

I wondered how long it would take....


A beggar has been accused of fronting as a Grenfell Tower survivor in order to swindle money from kind-hearted strangers.
The man was spotted in the middle of busy Oxford Street, central London, with a sign saying 'I’m legend victim which didn’t get help after Grenfell Tower fire'.
Doubting the legitimacy of his claims after all residents were promised £5,500, several passersby reportedly grilled him on specific details, including the postcode of the tower block, but he was unable to give a convincing answer.
This reportedly caused fury among shoppers, who then began to form an angry circle around him.
Witness Ben Keenan, 36, told metro.co.uk: ‘A big crowd formed around him. One guy was saying "I lost a cousin in the fire" and told him to take the sign down.
‘If someone was a victim of that there is £5 million in a fund.
‘There is no reason for him to be standing in Oxford Street with a piece of cardboard.’
The man was then spoken to by police after several people reported him, but no further action was taken against him.





http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4622508/Beggar-pretends-Grenfell-Tower-fire-victim.html
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Post by magica on Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:31 am

There's always someone trying to make money on the back of victims. Bet he's not the only one.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:32 am

Is he homeless? If so, he should get help anyway, and he shouldn't have to pretend to be from Grenfell Tower.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:55 am

Raggamuffin wrote:Is he homeless? If so, he should get help anyway, and he shouldn't have to pretend to be from Grenfell Tower.

Some beggars are professional. I think they make quite a packet too.
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Re: Fury as beggar 'pretends to be a Grenfell Tower fire victim to get money from kind-hearted strangers'

Post by Eilzel on Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:24 am

Beggars are often ignored. It isn't hard to understand why a few would so whatever to get money. The real problem is that situation arising in the first place.

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