Only On 2: Panhandlers Caught Driving Rental Car, Traveling Around Town To Solicit Cash

Only On 2: Panhandlers Caught Driving Rental Car, Traveling Around Town To Solicit Cash


L.A. AND PARIS ARE CONSIDERED FRONTRUNNERS. PAUL: SOME PEOPLE ARE IN SPIRIT OF GIVING. PAT: THERE IS A GROUP OF PANHANDLERS TARGETING SOME AREAS, THAT MAY NOT BE AS NEEDY AS YOU THINK, OUR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER DAVID GOLDSTEIN TOOK HIS HIDDEN CAMERA OUT THERE. REPORTER: THESE PEOPLE STAND AT SHOPPING MALLS WITH SMALL CHILDREN, HOLDING SIGNS AND ASKING FOR MONEY. ARE THEY DOWN AND OUT OR PROFESSIONAL PANHANDLERS FROM. FROM SAN FERNANDO VALLEY TO SANTA CLARITA VALLEY. OUR UNDERCOVER CAMERAS CAPTURED SIMILAR LOOKING GROUPS OF PANHANDLERS WITH CHILDREN, SOME SMALL ENOUGH TO BE BREASTFEEDING. ALL HOLDING SIGNS CLAIMING TO BE DOWN AND OUT. BUT ARE THEY AS NEEDY AS THEY SEEM? YOU ARE DRIVING A RENTAL CAR. A SECOND FAMILY. REPORTER: WE WATCHED THEM OUTSIDE SHOPPING AREAS, SIGNS ARE SIMILAR. PLEASE HELP. LOST MY JOB. I HAVE THREE KID, FOUR KIDS, IT GOES ON AND ON, RESIDENTS BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL PANHANDLERS. STOP PANHANDLING IN SANTA CLARITA VALLEY WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE, I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR YOUR CAR NOTE. OUR UNDERCOVER CAMERA FOLLOW PANHANDLERS. 90 DEGREES IN MY CAR, SHE HAS KIDS OUT THERE. TWO INFANTS, 90 DEGREES. REPORTER: SOMETIMES TRYING TO GET PEOPLE’S ATTENTION. WAVES TO EVERYONE. PAT: MOSTLY GETTING SYMPATHY AND MONEY. GETTING IN THE VAN. REPORTER: AS WE WATCH WE SAW A PATTERN. LIKE THIS FAMILY FINISHING THEIR PAN HANDLING THEN GETTING INTO A LATE MODEL SUV. YOUNG GIRL MAKING SURE THEY DID DIDNOT LEAVE THEIR SIGN. SAME SIGN. REPORTER: OR THIS GROUP OUTSIDE OF FALLBROOK CENTER. TO DRIVE TO ANOTHER MAUL A FEW MILE AWAY. YOU LOST YOUR JOB? REPORTER: OUR UNDER COVER PRODUCER APPROACHED THIS WOMAN AND DAUGHTER WHAT ADMITTED SHE IS A REGULAR, SHE SAID SHE IS HOMELESS AND LOOKING FOR WORK. WHAT KIND OF WORK DO YOU DO. CLEANING. REPORTER: BUT WOMAN SAID SHE DID NOT HAVE A PHONE OR TRANSPORTATION. DO HAVE YOU A CAR? NO THE BUS. OKAY THE BUS TAKES YOU. REPORTER: A FEW MINUTES LATER WE SAW HER WALKING WITH A MAN IN RED HAT THEY GOT INTO THIS CAR. NOT THE BUS. SHE ENDED UP OUTSIDE A RALPHS, SIGN IN HAND WHEN WE TALKED WITH HER. DAVID GOLDSTEIN WITH CBS2 NEWS. OH, NO, REPORTER: WE’VE SEEN THESE SIGNS ALL OVER AN ORGANIZED RING, YOU ARE REALLY HOMELESS. YES. REPORTER: YOU SAID YOU TOOK A BUS HERE BUT WE SAW YOU GET IN A CAR. I AM SORRY. REPORTER: SHE HUSTLED AWAY, WE SAW THIS MOTHER AND SON OUTSIDE OF A WALMART TO GET INTO THIS CAR THAT CAME BACK REGISTERED TO ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR. IS THAT RIGHT TO BE OUT THERE ASKING FOR MONEY AND YOU ARE DRIVING A RENTAL CAR? A 2016 NEW CAR. AND YOU ARE OUT ASKING FOR MONEY. YOU HAVE SAME SIGN OF ALL OF THESE OTHER PEOPLE HERE, IS THIS A RING GOING ON? IT WOULD APPEAR. REPORTER: LAPD DETECTIVE LOOKED AT OUR PICTURES, HE USED TO WORK THE FORGERY UNIT AND CAME IN CONTACT WITH SIMILAR GROUPS IN PAST. REPORTER: FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE, IS IT AN ORGANIZED DREAM. ALMOST A DISORGANIZED ORGANIZATION, SOMETIMES THEY WILL COORDINATE WITH EACH OTHER TO WHO WILL TAKE WHAT POSITION,. REPORTER: HE SAID IT APPEARS THEY ARE ONE OF A NUMBER OF GROUPS THAT TRAVEL AROUND COUNTRY PREYING ON HEART STRINGS OF PEOPLE IT MAKE MONEY, AND HE HAS DOUBTS ABOUT THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT STATUS. THIS IS THEIR JOB. REPORTER: OTHER SIDE OF SHOPPING CENTER, ANOTHER FAMILY WITH ALMOST SAME SIGN. WHERE ARE YOU GOING? POLICE SAY THAT PANHANDLERS ARE NOT BREAKING LAWS, IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO ASK PEOPLE FOR MONEY, BUT IF YOU ARE IN SPIRIT OF GIVING IT MIGHT BE BEST TO GIVE