It’s always disheartening to see people on the streets in dire straits. Many of us try and lend a helping hand where we can. However, sometimes things are not always what they seem, which is what one group of people discovered when they found a woman faking homelessness for handouts.
A 40-year-old woman has become notorious in Henrico, Virginia for panhandling at the intersection of Broad Street and Glenside Drive. A group of unidentified people captured video of her standing on the street median and approaching a number of cars while holding up a sign insinuating that she’s homeless and needs money.
However, it quickly became apparent that this woman was not as destitute as she led on when the camera crew followed her back to her 2014 Fiat SUV she had parked in a McDonald’s lot. When the people documenting the incident confronted the woman, she started threatening to call the cops on them for harassing her.
“Why don’t you leave me alone before I call the cops on you?” the exposed woman repeatedly threatens. It’s clear that the men behind this operation knew their rights and continued to question her, asking, “How much do you make today?” Instead of just driving away, the woman attempted to get the staff of the McDonald’s to call the cops on them.
While the woman continually deflects the men’s questions, she eventually states that she begs for money because of a disability. However, she did not disclose the nature of her disability, saying, “That’s none of your business.”
It’s clear that the objective of the people filming was to virally shame the faux homeless woman, which ended up working. The clip amassed over 2 million views on YouTube before it was taken down.
A day after the video went viral, the woman ended up getting arrested and charged with three counts of throwing objects at a car in motion. According to WTVR, the Tappahannock native was throwing bottles of Gatorade at a vehicle in response to being harassed.