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Homeless man a hit for clothing label

Nov. 15, 2007 at 2:28 AM
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A homeless man who spends his days dancing on roller skates in West Los Angeles has inspired a new brand of trendy clothing.

The Wall Street Journal said John Wesley Jermyn, nicknamed "The Crazy Robertson" and "The Robertson Dancer," has been a fixture on Robertson Boulevard for 20 years. Now three men who grew up in Beverly Hills have put Jermyn's face on T-shirts and sweatshirts that are selling like crazy at trendy boutiques. One $98 sweatshirt features an image of Jermyn dancing and the phrase "No Money, No Problems."

The newspaper said Jermyn, who has schizophrenia, agreed to a deal that gives him 5 percent of net profit from the sales. Jermyn's sister, Beverly, who lives close to the alley where Jermyn sleeps is worried her 56-year-old brother is being exploited.

"I don't want to see my brother get hurt," Beverly Jermyn told the newspaper. "They're taking advantage of someone who is very vulnerable and very trusting."

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