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Poor elderly man seen wearing Minnie Mouse costume to collect money

By Mason White 9:19 AM January 17, 2014
Zhang Shizhong 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Many people were touched by the image of an elderly man, who was wearing a pink Minnie Mouse costume.

Photographs of the gray-haired elderly man in a tattered Minnie Mouse, was taken on a street in Chongqing, China.

The photos have gone viral on social media and generating more than one-million comments from people, who said that they were touched by the story behind the images.

Zhang Shizhong, 68, said that he wore the costume in the streets so that tourists can take photos with him and hopefully get tips.

Shizhong said he could earn between 200 and 300 yuan (about $1.90 and $2.87) for a day’s work, but it is not easy.

Zhang explained that not long ago, his sons made him leave his job because they feared for his health.

However, his children, who are construction workers, were not very wealthy so they are unable to pay all of his bills, leaving him with little option but to be creative to make ends meet.