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July 09 2014
 Chen Guangbiao, with canned fresh air. © Mark Wong/ European Pressphoto Agency Chen Guangbiao, with canned fresh air. © Mark Wong/ European Pressphoto Agency
Homeless diners angry about promised donation's non-arrival

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.

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