Yep, this guy was doing a similar 'charity appeal' last year on Shad Thames, near the Design Museum. We were approached by him in the morning, listened to what he had to say, but became a little uneasy when we realised that all of the addresses and signitures on the sponsorship form looked to be written in the same scribbled hand writing. I've seen this guy locally on a few occasions since...the last time, a few weeks ago he was trying to flog an old TV to passers by!
He obviously wasn't that guy then, the one I saw is one of the street drinkers that wanders round this area with his mates. Cant imagine him looking smart. I wonder how far he lugged the (very large and heavy) telly before discovering it didnt work?
He's out and about again. Last night he told me there was a fancy dress (men dressed as women - how hilarious, laughed at the very thought of it...) 24 hr tennis match kicking off on Guy Street park at midday today.
I'd describe him as looking like Steve Buscemi made up for the Thriller video
Simon is quite right that I am the person in charge of fundraising for Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals and I have heard about this person but not officially. I shall go to the police station at Guy's shortly and see what can be done about this.
For those of you at South London Press reading this I intend to put a stop to this but it may not be easy.
Many thanks for your concerns.
Joint Director of Fundraising for
Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust and
Guy's and St. Thomas' Charitable Foundation
Saw him last night outside The Market Porter - trademark blue fleece, clipboard and pen in hand, impressive patter - "fancy dress tennis match for Guys & St Thomas" ... told him where to stick it (thanks to london-se1) ...
At the risk of pointing out the obvious - I guess it's called 'obtaining money by deception' ...? If someone spots him would it be better to decline politely, then go and call the police - or does everyone assume that they would not be interested in having a chat with him?