Transcript for Mercedes Beggars: When Sympathy Turns to Outrage
Next tonight here, this is the season when so many of us try to help families in need. But what happens when those asking for your help might not need it? Tonight, begging for money, and what the cameras captured afterward. Here's ABC's nick watt. Reporter: A pregnant panhandler with a child in tow. Apparently a regular bigger at a San Diego mall. Lots of people giving them money. Reporter: But what Melissa smith says she saw next blew her mind. They went into a Mercedes-Benz and I thought, wow, a Mercedes-Benz? Reporter: Smith gave her photos to our friends at KGTV, she says, so others won't duaren't duped. Kgtv thinks they find the same hand handler. She said very little. Driving a mini van, not a Mercedes. This looks like a professional panhandler. I think it is difficult. Because it takes everybody's attention away from the real need of those who have vulnerable. Reporter: Homeless charities and outreach programs say we shouldn't give a dollar to a panhandler. We should give it to charity. It maximizes the dollar and ultimately will relate to ending homelessness by creating homes. Reporter: Last month in Oklahoma, a similar seen. A man confronts a bigger getting into a new car. Thursday, I did not eat to give you $4 and you drive a better car than me? Reporter: But there's no law says you can't beg for money and drive a nice car. Nick watt, ABC news, los Angeles.
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