Rags-to-riches tramp bags fortune in bottles

19 Oct

Hey guys — it’s Bethany! Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time, Lili.
I’ve been really busy and I couldn’t really find anything worth posting…
until now! This article should interest you, Lili! (For those of you who have no clue what I meant by that, well… Lili collects her dad’s empty water bottles and gets like 20 bucks a week for them! Her dad drinks waaay too much water. πŸ˜› )

Courtesy of: Yahoo’s Odd News

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A 63-year-old homeless Russian man has gone from street life to stock market trader after collecting thousands of empty booze bottles for cash, a popular Russian tabloid reported on Tuesday.

Pictured in a majestic purple suit and matching violet jewelry, Leonid Konovalov told the Tvoi Den paper he collected around 2,000 bottles a day over the past year since the economic downturn hit Russia last autumn.

“Russians are drinking a little bit more due to the crisis, and this helped me get out of the rubbish dump,” said Konovalov, an ex-engineer from the industrial city of Kemerovo in eastern Siberia who has spent the last 20 years living in a tip.

Russia’s many homeless are often seen rooting through rubbish for bottles and tins, which they can trade for money. A glass bottle can fetch about 2 rubles ($0.06).

The bearded former tramp said he was encouraged by his two grandchildren to take risks on the stock market and said his first transaction was a 50,000 euro ($74,120) share-purchase.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Paul Casciato)

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091013/od_nm/us_russia_tramp

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