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Money for nothing

July 10th 2014

Chen Guangbiao, with canned fresh air. © Mark Wong/ European Pressphoto Agency

The latest stunt by flamboyant Chinese businessman Chen Guangbiao ended in chaos, after he promised 200 homeless people $300 each – but then failed to pay up, reports the Telegraph.

Chen had attracted attention in the USA by promising to donate the money over a free lunch at the Loeb Boathouse in New York's Central Park in late June.

The 45-year-old – who has previously courted the media by selling canned fresh air in China and building a wall out of cash – bought all 200 attendees their lunch, but the money failed to materialise, leaving the homeless diners angry and confused by Chen's stunt.

New York City Rescue Mission, which brought the homeless people to the event, said Chen had agreed to donate $90,000 to the organisation, not to individual diners.


July 2014



Workfare boycott

Shelter standards raised

Footballer reveals: "I was homeless for six years"

Charity records 'revenge evictions' increase

Big Issue is 'tax loophole'

The Brazilian dream?

Homeless portrait scoops prestigious award

Strike over service cuts

London rough sleeping rise


Money for nothing

First lady call for action

Handwritten signs of the times

In focus: The Samaritans

My view: staying clean is hard...


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