This is messed up for a lot of reasons.
This is the shocking moment a shopper watched a pregnant woman and her young son beg for money – before getting into a Mercedes Benz and driving away.
Melissa Smith, from San Diego, California, had witnessed the expectant mother and her child panhandling outside Eastlake Village Center every weekend for the past two weeks.
Each time, they would hold a sign reading, ‘Please help’, and would receive money from dozens of shoppers. ‘Lots of people gave them money,’ Ms Smith said. ‘Probably five people in five minutes.’
But this week, Ms Smith was putting gas into her car when she saw the pair leave their panhandling spot and meet up with the woman’s boyfriend – before driving away in a dark-colored Mercedes.
‘I noticed they grabbed their little boy and they got into a Mercedes-Benz,’ she told KGTV. ‘I thought, “Wow, a Mercedes-Benz. It’s not even used – it’s not old. It’s a new Benz.”‘
The car appears to be an older Mercedes C320, which sold for $30,000 to $35,000 new.