The Silver Lake Walking Man is gone, having committed suicide last year. But the streets of Silver Lake are still home to several regular characters, including the Five Dollar Guy. A new profile on Five Dollar Guy, who also goes by the name Eddie Spagetti, on Neon Tommy provides an update since the Five Dollar Guy’s van was shot up about a year ago. The story notes that the Five Dollar Guy has his critics as well as fans in Sunset Junction, where he hangs out at cafes, sometimes shirtless, and offers to sell umbrellas, songs and other items for, you got it, $5:
“Julian Davies, a wine salesman who works at The Cheese Store, will sometimes pour Eddie a free glass of wine if he happens to be around. “He seems perfectly educated, courteous, well-mannered,” Davies said. Franky’s, a barber shop that sells clothes, donates shorts and capri pants to Eddie. Mornings Nights cafe stores Eddie’s chess set behind their counter. Eddie can often be seen sitting outside the shop, playing chess against the employees and other locals.
Eddie has a feisty, obnoxious streak. It’s partly the reason why some business owners respect him, while others find him annoying.
For example, he considers Pazzo Gelato owner Mike Buch to be a hater. This didn’t stop Eddie from writing “We Love The $5 Guy” in chalk on an electrical box in front of the store. Buch denied being a hater, adding that he once even bought a garden bustier of Julius Caesar from Eddie. “He’s a pretty smart guy, pretty funny guy,” Buch said. “But, like anything, you’ve gotta take it in small doses.”
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