- An elderly woman in China spends her time begging on the streets
- However, she has been revealed as a wealthy grandmother who owns several properties
- The woman suggested that she doesn't want to sit at home all day doing nothing
An elderly "beggar" has been exposed as a rich grandmother who apparently enjoys begging on the streets of Hangzhou, China.
Until recently, the unnamed 79-year-old woman used to spend her days preying on the sympathies of commuters near a busy train station, Oddity Central reports.
However, the train issued messages through its loudspeakers warning commuters not to give her money because she's well-off.
Speaking to the Shanghaiist, the woman's son confirmed that she lives in a lavish villa and owns several rental properties. She also has sizeable savings in her bank accounts.
The son said his mom ignored his pleas to stop begging:
I told her that it’s fine if she doesn’t care about her reputation, but we do. I serve her delicious meals every day, but she just insists on going out to beg.
Reports indicate that she was making up to 300 yuan (around R600) per day, Briefly.co.za learned. Initially, she sold maps at the station, but opted to beg when authorities stopped her.
The woman indicated that she doesn't want to sit at home all day doing nothing. Social media reaction to the incident has been divided.
Some commenters slammed the woman for deceiving people who were poorer than her. However, others said she probably suffers from loneliness and boredom.
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