Pregnant California Panhandler Caught Driving Off In Mercedes Benz

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CNN - A pregnant woman who was begging people for money outside a San Diego shopping center drove off in a Mercedes-Benz, according to an eyewitness who captured the incident on camera.

The woman stands outside local shopping centers every weekend with her son, sometimes with her husband, begging for money.

"She sits there with the sign. He goes and parks the Mercedes. And they put up the sign and not less than five minutes, here she is getting money from all these people," said Michelle Smith, who took photos of the woman.

Smith says the panhandler came after her with a big rock when she saw the camera.

"Next thing I know, she picks up this big boulder, about this big, goes over her head. I don't know if pregnant people can do that, but it was pretty big over her head and coming at me with this rock," Smith said.

An eyewitness called 911.

Police ran the license plate on the Mercedes and traced it to an apartment in the suburbs of San Diego. When a reporter went to the home, the panhandler and her family had already moved out.

7 comments

  • Jcar

    Exactly why you don’t give handouts to just anyone. I have seen this type of dog & pony show before in NWA and KC. I only donate to reputable charities and individuals that I can confirm the situation and Not the Roadside Beggers!!

  • Gottalaugh

    This happens at Walmart in Fort Smith on Zero. They don’t drive a Mercedes but they do have a nice car. I carry applications to fast food places and bottled water to hand them, you would be shocked at how mad that makes them.

  • Gary

    A guy approached my mother asking for money to buy his medicine at walmart. She offered to go in with him to pay for it and he started cussing her. A man that was watching ran the guy off.

  • Amazed

    I’ve seen about 4 or 5 of them unloading at the Walmart in Van Buren from an SUV and taking up positions at various places…I-40 Exit ramps, and other places where the traffic is heavy around stop lights in particular. I know of one man from Ozark who will drive up to Van Buren and panhandle at the Exit 5 off ramp, at least he did a few years ago. He always made enough that he did not have to work at a regular job.

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