NEW YORK — A Chinese tycoon treated hundreds of homeless New Yorkers to lunch at a fancy restaurant Thursday — but many of them were pretty upset after their gourmet three-course meal.
According to AFP, Chen Guangbiao last week took out ads in U.S. newspapers promising the homeless the meal, plus $300 each.
Nearly 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter were served at the Boathouse restaurant, dining on sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with creme fraiche.
Many of them showed up prepared to take home cash — some said they planned to use it for clothes and to get their lives together. Some of the residents were happy to have a good meal; others said they felt exploited by the whole ordeal.
Officials for the shelter said idea behind the cash was “misrepresented” and that Guangbiao only promised to donate $300 per homeless person to the shelter for its expenses.
Chen said he organized the event because he wanted to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries.
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