Caught on camera: Pregnant beggar with boy drives off in a Mercedes-Benz

Caught on camera: Pregnant beggar with boy drives off in a Mercedes-Benz

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“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

47 thoughts on “Caught on camera: Pregnant beggar with boy drives off in a Mercedes-Benz”

  1. Shut up … all of you .. so whaaat this was a fake begger … who gives a shii ….

    You guys dont have a outrage paying brand name clothes, food .. etc …

    items that are priced out 300% above their fair market value ..THEY OUT PRICED EVERYONE OVER AND OVER AND OVER …

    Every corp is doing it but nah your worried about a 5 and dime fake panhandlers

  2. They are gypsies also called Rome They are coming from Europe on begging trips with their EU passports. Leaving the USA with thousands. They operate like a mafia. The leaders get their cut & live in mansions. Watch child beggars London on YouTube to learn more about gypsies and their begging culture. CPS needs to step in.

  3. They are Roma. They have done this for decades if not centuries. Our government should just take their kids away. I've seen similar cases in my neighborhood. Next time i'll ask them to come with me to a honeless shelter. Can't wait to see what they say.

  4. In Anne Arundel Maryland, the panhandlers were begging at the stop lights even going out in to the street. It got bad enough a law was passed. The scam now is the panhandling in the parking lots with the kids with the parents. I guess the lots are not covered by the roadside law. It was 90+ F out today, pretty low to expose kids to that.

  5. Who gives a shit, just don't give them your money geez. All these people in the comments practically want to kill that lady for getting free money, get a fucking life!! Mind your own fucking business! It's not like all you bastards help the homeless anyway. Bunch of fucking hypocrites! You know you are scamming somebody in some way and if you could and get away with it you would. Now go watch Netflix and smoke crack. Also, fuck that lady for ratting on them, that bitch looks soooooo fucking nosy!!! She should worry about how fat she is and how much she eats, go to the gym you porky pig fat hog!!!! Oh one more thing lol fuck that news team, they ain't got shit to report and they're the worst people of all!! They are like ambulance chasing lawyers just trying to make a buck off of anything. Stupid ass news team going to those people's house to find out what's going on, stupid fucks you ain't the cops! Let the cops do their job and report on something real like how our gov't is constantly taxing the shit out of the citizens and so this is why people have to shit like begging for money in the first place. Fucken billionaires living it up while people lose everything, what about report that shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I don't know what the ladies story is, but I'm pretty sure from everything that I've seen and read she's just as big a scam as all the rest of the folks around here doing the same thing. and a lot of times when I hear and see if these people, I really just want to take my weekend time frame and go sit out with a sign even though I don't need to do. some of these folks are making two, three, even four hundred dollars a day (or more) and they only "work" for maybe four or five hours. If I see kids or pets? I won't even give them a look. Cuz that's a scam right there

  7. WWTD ( what would Trump Do ) he would have had her taken to one of his estates and put her to work for 50 cents per hour and no doubt would make sure she had plenty of water for his pleasure in the water sports 😁😅😂🤣

  8. I volunteer for the CNY food bank and I carried out boxes of donated food for an elderly woman who was driving a brand new Lexus , but since we are a non biased organization , nothing can be done except to make sure they wait until the end of food pantry hours ( make sure they are last to get in line )

  9. A homeless person asked me for money one time, but I told him I don't have change. Dude then reached in his pocket and pulled out a Wad, and asks "what do you need change for, I got you. I just need like $5 from you" i was like TF MF?

  10. Losers, you see these people using children! STOP GIVING THEM MONEY, YOU ARE ONLY ENCOURAGING THEM TO BE LAZY! Give to the woman with 3 kids and 4 jobs who can't even put food on the table everyday!

  11. That same chick with the SAME kid with the SAME parked Mercedes was at the south city Costco. Remember couple….When this kid grows up, YOURE going to be a huge influence

  12. You can donate in their name (or picture) to a homeless shelter..Sadly there are too many instances where people like the woman take advantage of sympathy and the gullibility that comes from it.. Make that donation on the promise the donations would go towards that persons benefit.. but they have to retrieve it within two hours otherwise the donation is used as the charity sees fit..If the need is genuine then they will be happy to get the funds/help.. otherwise its probably a scam

  13. Melisa Smith very brave ..for the confrontation, anyways you have a older sister Nichole by any chance? That I haven't seen since high school. If so teller Tom said Hi….12-22-75

  14. Are you kidding me!! The news people have nothing better to report then a pregnant Women belittling herself for money?? Maybe that car was given to them,maybe her husband is controlling and she hasn't a choice,or they truly fell on hard times the car is all they have left. What ever the situation when you see people holding a sign for help,either give or dont!! She doesn't represent all people in need holding a sign for help,don't think there unionized. Some do need our help,what's $1.00 not gonna make or break you. Some are drug or alcoholic's at least there not breaking the law. I give and feel good about it,paying it forward.

  15. Nobody should be giving anyone money AT ALL California has an amazing welfare system . We pay taxes for this already ! We have free food drives food stamps etc no reason to be hungry and food stamps offers hot foods where you can eat fast food . Also shelters are available as well as HOTEL vouchers For you and your family . Anyone ! Who hands there hard earned money to a homeless person is insane !

  16. Nobody knows this woman’s situation. Something in her life could have happened where she lost everything and that car is what she has left. She might not have money to feed her kids, or pay for gas nor for that car, and can we say insurance … Temporary downfall, leaving what people think aside and doing what matters in this situation its getting where she needs to be.

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