Newspaper article China Post

This Celebrity Housing Agent's Inspiring Story Has Taken a Rough Turn

Newspaper article China Post

This Celebrity Housing Agent's Inspiring Story Has Taken a Rough Turn

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He was once the subject of an inspirational story retold by a president. He rose against the odds from deafness to a life of crime to meagerly paid jobs and became a star employee at one of Taiwan's biggest realty agencies.

But it seems fate had different plans for Wang Hao. The 56-year-old was arrested in Taipei in late July for snatching a purse from a woman, local media reported.

Having lost his hearing at just 8 months old, Wang - who cannot speak - spent his early life caught up in petty crime and drugs. When he was not in prison, Wang was working poorly paid jobs.

Things changed 11 years ago when Taiwan Realty hired Wang, who went from holding up advertising signs on the street to being a star agent in three years.

Wang's story drew media attention and landed him a self-help book deal. In 2009, President Ma Ying-jeou met with Wang and praised him for his inspirational life story. …

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