It's survival of the fittest as some resort to dirty tactics in face of stiffer competition.
Outwit, outplay, outlast.
That motto from TV reality series Survivor also holds true for the buskers in Orchard Road.
The current economic downturn is certainly not music to their ears as they have seen takings drop in recent months.
If that's not enough of a worry, they also have to fend off competition from both legitimate and illegal buskers.
But more of that later. For now, the downturn is a more worrisome test of survivor skills.
Take the case of Mr Donald Wee, 51, who strums the guitar near Shaw House.
'More people are donating coins instead of $5 or $10 notes,' he lamented.
He used to earn about $100 in two hours but can net only $40 now. The former security guard went into busking four years ago when he could not find another job after he was arrested for fighting.... [ Continued ]