That’s, “King Richard to you” I’m quickly told as I ask him why he was just removed by security from a McDonalds near Metro Center in Washington, DC. Spotting my camera Richard says, “If you want my picture, be quick I’m getting married.” I complied with that request and got the shot.
Richard is a mentally ill man who lives in Washington, DC. He may or may not be homeless. He is nearly impossible to talk to as he races from one female passerby to the next proposing marriage and offering to make them his queen. This is the behavior that no doubt had him removed from the McDonalds. As Richard ran across the street into traffic, I asked the woman he had just approached if she knew him. Her response, “Oh that’s how he is, he won’t hurt you.” Sadly while Richard may not be a danger to others, his untreated illness may result in some harm coming to him. Hopefully the police will intervene at some point.