Pregnant panhandler caught driving off in Mercedes Benz

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- 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.

6 comments

  • troy

    it goes on everywhere and until people stop giving them money it will continue.This has become a job without doing work.Thanks to all you feel bad suckers.You wanna help somebody go volunteer somewhere

  • tana

    i cant be that cynical , there was a woman in the walmart shopping center, baby in her arms crying, it was about 80 degrees,, we had bought a case of water,,so i gave her 5 dollars and two bottles of water,,regardless of whether they are scamming you or not,,you know “you” did the right thing,,,its not my job to screen everyone i give a dollar to, and i want to think that more times than not im actually helping someone who really needs it

    • Belsma

      Tana, give your money to a local shelter. Your hard earned money will be better served there and have the number to the closest one on hand to give out. Many “homeless” will be offended when you offer them tips to get off the streets, but it is what it is.

    • Kiara

      I bought some old lady milk and juice because she was complaining about low blood sugar (I specifically offered to buy her hot food, but that’s what she picked out) and I was later told by the cashier that she tried to return it for cash a few minutes after I left. It really is better to donate to homeless shelters and carry info to give out to the “homeless”.

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