“Here they are counting money, laughing.”
SAN DIEGO – An outraged viewer contacted Team 10 after she watched a pregnant woman and a boy beg for money in a shopping center and then drive away in a Mercedes Benz.
Melissa Smith took pictures of the beggar, the boy and the Benz.
Smith said she saw the pregnant panhandler and the boy, who might have been the woman’s son, at Eastlake Village Center every weekend for two months. She said the woman’s husband or boyfriend would join them on the weekends.
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a pregnant woman begging for money on the street with a young boy drove away in a Mercedes an outraged viewer contacted team 10 after snapping pictures of that scene team 10 troubleshooter Cristin severance joins us now with more Kristin yes so this 10 News viewer said she'd wondered the story behind this woman for two months then she said she saw her get into her Mercedes and drive away she wants you to know what happened in case you see the same woman asking for money right there on the corners Melissa Smith said she saw this pregnant panhandler and her son at this East Lake Plaza every weekend I felt bad I mean there's a pregnant lady with a little boy and is down on her luck the dad comes out on the weekends and stands with them she held a cardboard sign please help and plenty of people did lots of people give him the money Smith said she was getting gas when she saw the couple at the usual spot they were leaving and I noticed they went into a Mercedes Benz and I thought wow a Mercedes Benz she shook her head got in her car and drove away lo and behold they were in front of us and here they are County money laughing they're little boys not in a car seat or a seatbelt he's all the way in the front seats with them Smith watched him drive to another Plaza on Bonita Road she sits there with a sign he goes parks and Mercedes and they put up the sign in not less than five minutes here she is getting money from all these people she took pictures of the woman in little boy she said the woman saw her the next thing I know she picks up this big boulder about this big goes over a head so I don't know pregnant people can do that but it was pretty big overhead and coming at me with this rock another witness saw the whole thing and called 911 grabs her little boy and takes off through the middle of the parking lot police told Team 10 they did respond with the couple had left Smith gave team ten the license plate number two we ran the plates the car came back belonging to a woman her address was listed here at this apartment complex and Encinitas no answer I left my card and a note to call me we went in the evening and during the day a woman called me back but said she had just moved in the people living there had picked up and left Smith said she wants people to know about this couple before they find a new place to Panhandle with their son in tow I feel bad like don't give these people money they don't need it they're driving a Benz now we have been getting calls and tips about where this woman is we're checking out one of those tips right now and this story has really struck a chord online thousands of people have been sharing and commenting on our 10 News Facebook page homeless advocates say though you shouldn't give people money but there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your donations go to the right people we have a list of suggestions from experts on 10 News com just go to the team 10 section and click on this story I'm content troubleshooter Cristin severance