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Scrounger dubbed 'big-legged beggar' BANNED from Thailand

A German man dubbed 'the big-legged beggar' because he used his deformed limb to get sympathy and cash to fund partying in Thailand has been banned from the country, it has emerged.

Notorious scrounger Benjamin Holst, originally from Flensburg in Germany, suffers from a rare condition that has left one of his legs badly swollen.

Kind-hearted Thais donated hundreds of pounds to help the 33-year-old in 2014 after they saw him begging on the street and assumed he needed help. 

But they were left outraged when pictures later emerged appearing to show him partying with girls in Pattaya - the country's sex tourism capital.

His most recent attempt to reach the country, however, seems to have backfired after he was barred from boarding a flight from Zurich in Switzerland amid reports he has been blacklisted by Thai immigration.

A German man dubbed 'the big-legged beggar' (pictured) for using his deformed limb to get sympathy and cash to fund his partying in Thailand has been banned from the country, it has emerged

A German man dubbed 'the big-legged beggar' (pictured) for using his deformed limb to get sympathy and cash to fund his partying in Thailand has been banned from the country, it has emerged

Notorious scrounger Benjamin Holst (centre), originally from Flensburg in Germany, suffers from a rare condition that has left one of his legs badly swollen. Despite begging for cash on the street, pictures show him partying across Asia. He is pictured here in Kuta, Indonesia

Notorious scrounger Benjamin Holst (centre), originally from Flensburg in Germany, suffers from a rare condition that has left one of his legs badly swollen. Despite begging for cash on the street, pictures show him partying across Asia. He is pictured here in Kuta, Indonesia

Pictures of Holst  begging on the streets started to emerge on social media a few years ago. But iamges have also emerged with him partying. He is seen kissing a woman in Kuta, Indonesia

Pictures of Holst  begging on the streets started to emerge on social media a few years ago. But iamges have also emerged with him partying. He is seen kissing a woman in Kuta, Indonesia

Holst is believed to have a condition known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg vastly inflated

Holst is believed to have a condition known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg vastly inflated

Holst (pictured) is believed to have a condition known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg vastly inflated

Holst is believed to have a condition known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg severely inflated.

Pictures of him begging on the streets started to emerge on social media a few years ago.

The website, Indonesia Expat, claims that in September 2014 he was found in Thailand telling passers-by that he was running out of money and needed cash to buy a plane ticket home. 

But after locals raised more than £1,000 to fund his return to Germany, he was seen partying with girls in Pattaya, the website claims.

He is then understood to have been arrested and thrown out of the country by immigration officers.

Kind-hearted Thais donated hundreds of pounds to help the 33-year-old in 2014 after they saw him begging on the street and assumed he needed help. But they were left outraged when pictures later emerged appearing to show him partying with girls in Pattaya - the country's sex tourism capital

Kind-hearted Thais donated hundreds of pounds to help the 33-year-old in 2014 after they saw him begging on the street and assumed he needed help. But they were left outraged when pictures later emerged appearing to show him partying with girls in Pattaya - the country's sex tourism

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