David Johnson, aka: the World Famous Bushman, is a homeless man who has been scaring innocent passer-by along Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco since 1980. He was originally planning on dressing up as a robot and popping out from behind bushes, but he’s since decided to go with a more simple approach.
Johnson hides motionless behind some eucalyptus branches and waits for unsuspecting people to approach. When they do, he then shakes the bush towards them, and startles them. What a show!
Crowds actually gather to watch him work his magic. They usually watch Johnson from in front of Joe’s Crab Shack. In a “good year,” Johnson claims to earn $60 000 in donations from his fans. At one point, he had to hire a body guard to protect himself against attacks from “unamused” victims, distract his targets, and alert him if an elderly couple was approaching so that he could avoid scaring them.
There have been several complaints about the Bushman. In 2004, he was charged with four misdemeanors, but a jury cleared him. The District Attorney has also dropped several public nuisance complaints made against him. Looks like everyone loves the Bushman!