Man who says he is ex-special forces blasts ‘scrounging’ buskers

Furious businessman who says he is ex-special forces blasts ‘scrounging’ buskers in heated row caught on video

  • Recruitment boss Matthew Morehead was filmed in a row with buskers on Friday
  • Morehead accuses the musicians of disrupting his work with their bad singing
  • He called them ‘wasters’ and ‘scroungers’, saying none of them had ‘real’ jobs
  • The incident was filmed by one of the buskers in Lichfield, Staffordshire 

A furious businessman, who claims to be ex-special forces, has been caught on video blasting ‘scrounging’ buskers during a heated row over their music.  

Recruitment boss Matthew Morehead became irate when he passed by a group of buskers performing outside his premises and accused them of disrupting his work with their bad singing.

The aggrieved man said their music was damaging his business and branded them ‘wasters’ and ‘scroungers’ in front of bemused shoppers and fumed: ‘Not one of you have got a real job.’

The quartet had been playing for around an hour when Morehead – who boasted he was a former serviceman – stormed out of his office to confront them in Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffs., on Friday.

Recruitment boss Matthew Morehead becomes irate when he passes by a group of buskers and accuses them of disrupting his work with their bad singing. The incident occurred on Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffs., on Friday

When they refused to stop playing he mocked their musical talents and accused them of making tax-free earnings at the expense of local businesses.

Footage of the bizarre rant was captured by musician Gary Conway on his mobile phone. He later posted it on Facebook and it went viral with more than 125,000 views.

The two-minute clip shows the tattooed businessman warning the buskers: ‘When all these people have seen how bad you really are, next time they’ll just smash everything.’

Talking directly to the camera, Morehead identifies himself as the manager of a local recruitment firm and claims he is ‘ex-special forces’. He says: ‘We go to work and we pay our tax.’

Morehead calls out to shoppers as they walk by: ‘These people, they’re not gonna pay tax, they’re gonna ruin your lives, and also from the sound of it try and cause people a problem with their business.’

He blasts: ‘People pay money to be here, not to sit here and scrounge off everybody else.’ 


Morehead calls out to shoppers as they walk by: ‘These people, they’re not gonna pay tax, they’re gonna ruin your lives, and also from the sound of it try and cause people a problem with their business’

Footage of the bizarre rant was captured by musician Gary Conway (pictured) on his mobile phone. He later posted it on Facebook and it went viral with more than 125,000 views

One of the buskers replies: ‘We’re not scrounging.’

Sarcastically strumming an invisible guitar, the businessman says: ‘Can someone pay me some money please so I can I do this? Four of ya and not one of you have got a real job.’

Another member of the band reveals he spent 16 years in the Armed Forces and the man asks: ‘Do you wanna stay with these kind of losers, mate? I’ve got a lot of friends (in the military), they wouldn’t deal with these kind of d***s.’

But the group responds: ‘The only one being a d***, mate, is you.’

The man insists he ‘can’t work’ due to the noise and claims the only reason other businesses have not complained is ‘because they don’t want any grief, well I’m not afraid of little girls like you’. 

He strums his air guitar again and jeers: ‘What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna play music because I can’t get a real job, because I’m a failure at school and a failure in life.’

He finally walks away with the parting threat: ‘People are gonna deal with you.’

Still ranting as he leaves, he sings sarcastically: ‘I’m a waster with no life and my missus gets s***** by my best friend.’

The singer of the group drowns him out with his microphone and calls him an ‘absolute f****** moron’.

Sarcastically strumming an invisible guitar, the businessman says: ‘Can someone pay me some money please so I can I do this? Four of ya and not one of you have got a real job’ 

Gary, 34, from Telford, Shrops., claimed he started filming for his own protection after the man began making threats.

He said: ‘We were in the ‘busking spot’ and as far as I know it’s allowed. He said we were disrupting his meeting. He was quite aggressive.

‘We’d been there for a good hour before he came out. We’d had a great reception from the public up to that point, there were even some people dancing in the street.

‘We sometimes get stuff like this but never quite this bad. I was a little shaken but thankfully I had my mates with me.

‘As for being called a scrounger, I don’t ask for anything. I do my thing and if they like me people can drop some change in my case. If not, then that’s fine too.’

Viewers on social media were appalled by the businessman’s apparent contempt for buskers.

Vicky Warren wrote: ‘Being a musician isn’t a proper job then? I wonder if he would tell Ed Sheeran that and all of those who started out as buskers to get their break who are now multi millionaires.’

Wesley Smith said: ‘I’m a musician who works and pays taxes. I don’t see his problem, jumped to conclusions immediately.’

Phil West commented: ‘Me and my family are ex-forces and we wouldn’t dream of treating anyone like that.’

Liam Beddall added: ‘What an advertisement for his company.’  

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