Alleged violinists, who actually only play sound recordings, cause red heads in the United States. Police appeals for caution.
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- Incidents of fake violin performances are on the rise in the United States.
- Officials speak of a “nationwide problem”.
Street musicians adorn many cityscapes. However, sometimes they can be upset or even shameless, as recent US media reports suggest. A customer at a shopping center in Portage (Michigan, USA) sees a violinist: he is said to have only pretended to play the violin.
The customer notified the television station WWMT, which visited the site shortly after. Next to the violinist, the journalist team saw a sign that read: “Father with 3 kids, needs help with food and rent.”
When reporters approached him, a woman sitting next to him said that he did not speak English. As the man grabbed his violin and bowed down, the violin continued to play music from his speaker.
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Facing this complaint, he also replied that he does not know English. Journalists told that the sign is written in English. They asked him who wrote this text. The man then packed his luggage and left the square in front of the mall without comment.
Police warns fake violinists across the country
In a Facebook post, the Springfield police chief in Oakland County urged residents to be careful with their money. The mayor of Springfield also wrote: “This is a nationwide problem. We are taking strong action against it.”
If passersby come to know about fraudulent musicians, the local police should be informed. Begging is not a problem in itself. But these alleged musicians are mostly people who want to make money with invented stories.
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