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You would want to think twice before giving money to party boy and travelling beggar Benjamin Holst, who we hear is now in Metro Manila.
On June 11, Facebook user Ariston Mariano posted a photo (see above) of Holst wearing a purple shirt and brown shorts, looking like he passed out, on Sen Gil Puyat Avenue. He had a styrofoam cup in his right hand.
“Please share,” Mariano wrote, imploring his friends, in Tagalog, to help so Holst can go back to his country.” It’s been shared 833 ties as of this writing.
Holst suffers from macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg swollen. He knows it’s painful to look at and he has been accused of using his condition to get people to help him out.
He had been pulling the same trick in Thailand where he broke the hearts of his benefactors by using his money to party with bar girls.
A German foundation there also gave him lodging after he claimed that he lost his passport and money. But he disappeared and resurfaced in Pattaya before authorities decided to kick him out.
“Holst, aka the farang beggar with the big foot, was rescued in late September after he was found homeless on Khaosan Road. He received THB50,000 to get a flight home from Deutscher Hilfsverein Thailand, an organization that helps German citizens,” reports Coconuts Bangkok.
“It took only about one day after he got ahold of the cash for photos to turn up of Holst partying with bar girls in Pattaya, breaking the hearts of his well-meaning benefactors,” adds the report.
After Thailand, Holst was photographed begging in the streets of Denmark.
When we reported about him in March, the 30-year-old German was in Angeles City hanging out with bar girls and chilling out in his hotel jacuzzi.
He has been spotted all around Metro Manila, including in Quezon City (see video below).
Photo: Ariston Mariano