The sad story of a U.S. veteran, down on his luck, reduced to begging on the streets in Bangkok.
This story dates back to 2008 - 'Bob' appeared reasonably well dressed and clean shaven at the time period of this journalist's encounter with him.
His story: he's a 62 year old American who first came to Thailand 39 years ago. He's a Vietnam vet and he had a long hitch in the Merchant Marine. It's the classic 'my wife sold the house and didn't tell me' story that you hear so often in Thailand. I don't doubt for one moment this is the God's honest absolute truth.
He is not actually begging per se. He goes to great lengths to keep himself clean and presentable, even though his circumstances are bad. His hair is well groomed, his shirt is clean and all he wants is a job, as stated on his sign.
Read the interview HERE.