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Dean Mancuso survived for years by begging from tourists on Phuket

Phuket Cadger Flies Home for Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
AN AMERICAN who begged for a living for years on Phuket has been sent home to the US from the Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok.

Dean Mancuso is likely to celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas, in the care of a Catholic charities mission. When Mr Mancuso lost his passport before the 2004 tsunami, he did not apply for a replacement and began cadging a living from Patong tourists.

Overstaying his visa, Mr Mancuso chose a loner's world where he failed to stay in touch with family in the US and did not make friends with other expats on Phuket.

He was eventually arrested by Patong police for creating a nuisance when begging - he called it ''my occupation'' - at a well-known resort.

From October he spent time in the cell at Phuket Immigration before being transferred to Bangkok. It is believed Mr Mancuso's trip back to the US was covered under a loan arrangement that will require him to repay the fare.

Phuketwan has learned as a result of an earlier report that Mr Mancuso's father is still alive, but seriously ill. Efforts are likely to be made to reunite the two as soon as possible.

Mr Mancuso, who expressed relief when he was eventually arrested, is now ''very positive and on top of stuff,'' acording to an American who came to his aid after his arrest.

The former chef has been taking extensive notes and plans to write a book about his experiences.

His Thai wife, Nong, who lives with their two children in a rural province, said today that while their relationship ended some time ago, Mr Mancuso still calls regularly to talk to his daughters.
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The former chef has been taking extensive notes and plans to write a book about his experiences.

title suggestions please.. i'll start with ..

down and out in patong and rawaii!!

Posted by another steve on December 21, 2010 13:19

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Let's hope it all works out well for him, although being away from his daughters will surely hurt.

PS. I got this link tweeted to me by GeorgeBKK. Does that mean Phuket Wan and Thai Visa are friends now?

Merry Christmas! :)

Posted by Mike Boyd on December 21, 2010 14:21

Editor Comment:

That means Thai Visa is as ethical as it always has been - but using reputable sources of news for a change. I wonder if their ''partners'' approve?


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