Leroy Brown reacts after finding out he will not be receiving money that had been promised him outside the New York Rescue Mission in the Manhattan borough of New York June 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
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A three-course lunch hosted by an eccentric Chinese millionaire for 250 homeless New Yorkers in a posh restaurant degenerated into fury Wednesday when guests were denied $300 cash handouts.Recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao last week took out ads in American newspapers promising a first-rate meal at the Boathouse in Central Park and $300 each.As Chen spoke to a gaggle of Chinese journalists while dessert was served, one guest started shouting.Michelle Tolson, director of public relations at the mission, said Tuesday that no cash would be handed out to individuals and that it had taken 1.5 months of negotiations to convince Chen to instead donate $90,000 to the group.The money would be ploughed straight into the mission's $5 million yearly expenses to feed and house people, she said.
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