Low economic conditions in China’s urban areas have sparked an increase of beggars faking disabilities in an attempt to gain more money. Cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong are littered with naive tourists who are more than willing to hand over a few yen to anyone appearing to be handicapped in anyway.
And unfortunately, there are plenty of scam artists who are willing to take advantage of this sort of “benefit of the doubt” level of kindness.
One amazing example of this, is a beggar who has constructed a rather elaborate contraption for displaying his false paralytic condition. The beggar’s props for his dishonest charade include a rolling board, which he lays on top of and rolls around with a box strapped to his back for collecting pity money.