Supporters of a baker who became famous after posting a film of former president Chen Shui-bian (???)walking in a local park have ordered so much bread that the man said it will take two to three weeks to clear the backlog.
Huang Shih-fu (???), of Kaohsiung City, became a household name after his film of Chen walking in a Kaohsiung park -- chiding him and even threatening to sue him -- went viral on the Internet recently.
As the film showed the former president to be healthy and spirited when he is on medical parole from a 20-year corruption jail term, the baker has received threatening calls from Chen sympathizers who demanded the city government send tax and public health officials to inspect his small kitchen that makes bread products for sale on a park stall.
Not long after, Huang was visited by tax and health officials, followed by a message from his landlord that when the current tenant lease ends he will have to look for a new place to run his business.
However, thew victimization of the baker backfired, when former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???), a former mayor of the city, asked local friends to place order for Huang's bread on his behalf. Wu also promised to help Huang find a new location for his business.
Other supporters either visited his roadside stall to buy up his daily output or ordered more. One anonymous supporter paid tens of thousands of Taiwan dollars for Huang's bread to be donated to charity organizations.
He has received so many orders that Huang said it will take him two to three weeks to fulfill them all.
He pleaded with the media to stop playing his film, saying "I do not feel comfortable at being in the media. I just want my old life back."
In pursuit of that goal, Huang is looking for a place in the Fengshan District of Kaohsiung. He thanked all those who have shown him good will and offered their support.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel