Busker boy earns £70 an hour

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    BoyBach

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    It would seem that I'm in the wrong career! :eek:
     
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    I seen this on the news two, £70 an hour :eek:

    There's a man who play's the electric guitar in Liverpool City Center with a fake arm.
     
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    Yes, but can he do this...
     
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    man i could do that for a job, but then i dont want to be considered a social retard and praticaly scrounge for the money. So that comes at a cost for him =/
     
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    That is superb, what a find, what a find! :D hilarious
     
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    Why would being handsomely rewarded for a public musical performance and raising travellers' morale be the sign of a social retard - whatever that is? :confused:
     
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    :cool: Talent or what?

    Wish I could do that.
     
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    Reminds me of those who walk through the subway cars in NYC. Two stops worth of music, probably take in $5 each car, taking about 5 minutes.

    There was a great article once about a famous jazz musician living in NYC. I don't remember who he was but he was talking about his totally posh apartment and lifestyle that he had before he made it big. His entire income was playing two days a week for about 5-6 hours in "his spot" in Union Square. He had to get down there by 4am to claim it because it was so popular (and prosperous).
     
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    I didn't even need to click on that to know what it was.

    The comment that followed confirmed my suspicions.

    Back on topic, I wonder if he'll still get £70 an hour on average now that people actually know how much he earns.

    I shouldn't imagine it would last long, something like that can't be sustainable.
     
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    The point is, the kid earned the money to pay for his existing guitar with the same trick and he's putting his current earnings towards a new amp.

    There's no big deception here - just a kid who is using a god-given talent to get what he wants.

    At least he's not hanging around on street corners, with his hood up, menacing passers-by during his summer holidays.

    Good luck to him, I say!
     
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    Good point.

    And at least he's earning the money himself to get what he wants as opposed to having the parents buy it for him.
     
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    Emotional blackmail is just as bad as being mugged.
    Just incase it wasn't obvious - WINK.
     
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    I remember watching a homeless guy begging outside Burger King. In 30 minutes, he netted at least £12. Call it £24 an hour, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. 4 weeks annual leave - he's on £28k a year, tax free. :cool:

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    And, I forgot to mention... the kid can shred... \m/ :D
     
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    This is not beyond the possibilities. My manager on the old property, works fri, and sat night doing music all across the state. She makes more per weekend than in 2 weeks day job pay.
     
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    I disagree. He certainly earns £70 an hour. Plus, he practices about as much as most of the top professional classical musicians do.
     
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    You've obviously no idea what you're on about.

    When me and my cousins (3 in total) used busk down in Dingle, Co. Kerry, we'd earn €60 an hour! Not close to this guy, but not bad either! ;)
     
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    Why doesn't he use a plectrum like everyone else?
     
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    What is the *&^%ing problem??

    Herd mentality??

    If he lifts your spirits on a bad day, throw him a few bob.
     
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    Excellent :D
     
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    I busked in Boston with an electric keyboard when I was younger. I think I made $15-$20 per hour.

    The thing is, you only really get an hour of peak earnings each day. Good for him though; I'm sure he'll earn his amp.
     
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    yeah, good luck evading the menacing kids (with optional hoods) who now know how much money he has...
     

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