It seems like every day we hear stories about someone pretending to be down and out so they can get a free ride. Unfortunately, most of these stories are not much more than urban legend and anecdotal.
However, we just found a video on YouTube, courtesy of San Diego ABC10, that shows a real life swindler in action. You are not going to believe this story until you watch the video.
ABC10, San Diego reported that a local woman named Melissa Smith had observed a pregnant woman who claimed to be down and out for over two months.
Ms. Smith said that every weekend, she would see the unidentified woman panhandling in an area supermarket parking lot with a cardboard sign asking for handouts.
Smith had felt for the woman, who seemed to be down on her luck, until last weekend when she saw the panhandler leave the parking lot in a luxury car with a man while pumping gas at a nearby gas station.
“Lo and beyond they were in front of us,” she said. “Here they are counting money, laughing and their little boy is not in a car seat or seat belt. He’s all the way in the front seat with them.”
Curious, Smith followed the panhandler to another shopping center, where the woman again started to beg for money. Smith used her phone to take pictures of the woman and her car to share with her friends.
“I’m going to take these photos so I can show my friends so they don’t give them their money. They don’t need it. They are driving a Benz,” said Smith.
Before long, however, the woman sees what Smith is doing and threatened her.