Crowds usually watch Johnson in front of Joe's Crab Shack, located across the street from where Johnson usually sits, to see Johnson entertain people.
In a "good year", Johnson claims to earn $60,000. He employs a bodyguard to protect him against attacks by the unamused, to distract his targets, and to alert him to the approach of elderly people so he can avoid scaring them.
The police have received a number of complaints about the Bushman, and Fisherman's Wharf merchants have tried to shut him down. In 2004, he was charged with four misdemeanors, but a jury cleared him. The District Attorney subsequently dropped several remaining public nuisance complaints.