Lexington Man Admits He Faked Mental Disability For Money

Lexington Man Admits He Faked Mental Disability For Money

A Lexington man admitted he continually fakes having a mental disability to get more money while panhandling.
A Lexington man said he makes around $60-$100 thousand a year.

But he doesn't make it the way you might think.

Gary Thompson, 30, admitted he fakes a mental disability while panhandling to get more money.

Police said Thompson has been arrested several times for begging, as well as criminal trespassing and theft by deception.

"I'm the best," said the beggar.

Thompson uses a wheelchair to get around, because he said he has limited use of his legs.

When asked if he feels ashamed doing it, he replied, "Nah. I'm too good at it."

But for some, it's no good--Mary Hanna, a greeter at Walmart, has a learning disability and said she doesn't appreciate what Thompson is doing.

"Here I am--out going for a living--even though it's one day a week...I feel sorry for the other people are going out seven days a week making a living. And he's begging and getting money...and getting away with it the lazy way," she said.

To Thompson, the so-called "lazy" way is an easy way, and said he plans to keep telling his "story" as long as it makes him money.

Police said arresting him for begging can only carry a maximum penalty of ten days in jail--after which he'd be able to get out and start begging again.

Officers said the best way to stop him is by people not giving him money, and instead, staying away.
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