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Consumer Justice Investigates Network Of Professional Panhandlers

August 23, 2019


RIGHT NOW AT 10:00, PROBLEM PANHANDLERS. TODAY CITY COUNCIL REJECTED A PROPOSAL TO PAY PANHANDLERS FOR DAY LABOR. MANY TIMES THE PEOPLE BEHIND THOSE SIGNS ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM. TONIGHT A CONSUMER JUSTICE INVESTIGATION REVEALS A NETWORK IN FACT, OF PROFESSIONAL PANHANDLERS MAKING A LOT OF MONEY EACH DAY. THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION AND IT’S DEFINITELY BEING ORGANIZED WITH ORGANIZED OPERATION. CARS ON A SCHEDULE CARRYING PEOPLE TO THE SAME CORNER. AND THE PANHANDLERS WE SPOKE TO TREAT THIS AS A JOB AND CAN MAKE SOME GOOD MONEY DOING IT. AROUND 11:00 A CAR WILL STOP. A CAR STOPS, LETS OUT THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE. THEY SEEM TO GO TO THEIR STATIONINGS. AND THEN I’VE ALSO WITNESSED THE CAR RETURN AND BRING FOOD AND SUPPLIES. SO IT IS VERY, VERY ORGANIZED WHAT’S GOING ON. Reporter: IT’S THE SAME FACES, AT THE SAME CORNER OF NORTHWEST HIGHWAY IN THE DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY. A WOMAN WITH A CANE SAYS SHE’S HOMELESS PLEASE HELP. I CAN COME OUT HERE AND WORK FOR TWO HOURS AND MAKE $75. Reporter: A STUDENT WHO NEEDS FOOD FOR HER THREE KIDS. A SINGLE DAD,. HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE OUT HERE? HOW MUCH ON A GOOD DAY? MAYBE 80. SOMETIMES 160. AND AT LEAST TWO OTHERS. THEY USE LEN CRITCHERT’S PROPERTY AS A REST AREA. AND A RESTROOM IN BETWEEN SHIFTS. I DROVE BY ONE TIME AND SAW SOMEONE USING THE RESTROOM ON A TREE OF MINE. Reporter: THAT’S NOT WHAT BOTHERS LEN THE MOST. IF THESE WERE REALLY PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HELP, I WOULD BE ALL FOR IT. LET’S GIVE AND GIVE AND GIVE. BUT WHEN IT’S ORGANIZED THAT’S WHAT BOTHERS ME. Reporter: HOME BOUND HELPS PEOPLE OVERCOME ADDICTION. HE SAYS MOST PANHANDLERS AREN’T THE HOMELESS. AND WHEN YOU GIVE THEM MONEY. JUST ASSUME YOU’RE BUYING DRUGS FOR THEM. THOSE ORGANIZERS OF THE RINGS ARE BUYING THE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND REAPING THE PROFITS. Reporter: WE WANTED TO TALK TO THE DRIVER OF THIS BLACK LINCOLN. WE SPOTTED THEM DROPPING THESE PANHANDLERS AND MEETING TWO OTHERS. OUR PRODUCER SAW HIM ON THE ROAD AND THEN, LOST SIGHT OF HIM. WE WERE FOLLOWING HIM. THIS MAY BE HIM COMING OUT. YOU THINK THIS IS HIM. YES, THAT IS HIM. SO HE WENT INTO A STEAK HOUSE AND STOPPED AND NOW HE’S GOING THE OPPOSITE WAY. BUT HE LOST US IN MINUTES. ALMOST LIKE HE’S TRYING TO THROW OFF ANYONE WHO MIGHT KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING. Reporter: WE ALSO SPOTTED THIS GRAY KIA DROPPING OFF PANHANDLERS ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT DAYS. THE CAR’S LICENSE PLATE LED US TO THIS HOME IN RICHARDSON AND A MAN NAMED BRENT. I DROP OFF TWO FRIENDS. Reporter: HE ADMITS HE GIVES THEM RIDES BUT SAYS HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY DID. JUST DOESN’T SEEM TO MAKE SENSE THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT THEY WERE PANHANDLING IF YOU DROP THEM OFF AT THE SAME CORNER. I DID NOT KNOW THEY WERE PANHANDLING. SO WE WENT TO THE PANHANDLERS TO GET ANSWERS. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS? TO BE HONEST, IT’S FAST AND EASY. Reporter: THE COUPLE ADMITS THEY LOST CUSTODY OF THEIR FIVE CHILDREN. THEY’RE IN THEIR 20s AND LATE TEENS NOW. Reporter: THEY SAY THEY’RE BOTH DISABLED AND CAN’T GET JOBS. FIRST THEY SAID THEY WORK ALONE. THEN THEY SAID THEY’RE PART OF A COMMUNITY. WE’RE PART OF THE PANHANDLING GROUP YEAH. WE DON’T SPLIT OUR MONEY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT WITH ANYBODY. Reporter: WHEN WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE MAN WITH THE BLACK LINCOLN. THE GUY THAT DROPS YOU OFF DO YOU KNOW THEM. NO WE DON’T KNOW THEM. THEY JUST SAID SOMETHING ABOUT A BABY AND WE WANTED TO SEE THE BABY. Reporter: WHILE WE DID SEE MICHAEL GIVE SOMETHING TO THE DRIVER WE DIDN’T SEE A BABY. ARE YOU OUT HERE, DO YOU MAKE MONEY FOR DRUGS? NO, IT’S FOR FOOD. Reporter: BUT THIS POLICE REPORT FROM AUGUST SHOWS MICHAEL TOLD OFFICERS HE’S A HEROIN ADDICT. HE’S BEEN CITED 61 TIMES FOR PANHANDLING. SHE’S BEEN CITED 47 TIMES FOR PANHANDLING. WHO DROPS YOU OFF EVERY DAY. A FRIEND OF MINE. I PAID HIM FOR A RIDE. IS THAT BRENT. NO. BECAUSE ONE OF THE CARS WENT BACK TO THAT BRENT. NO BRENT IS MY FRIEND. Reporter: SHE SAYS SHE SOMETIMES PAYS THE DRIVERS FOR RIDES. AND PANHANDLES FOR A ROOM. Reporter: DO YOU PANHANDLED FOR DRUGS. NO I USED TO BUT NOT NOW. I THINK ALL PANHANDLERS HAVE THEIR SPOT AND THIS IS MY SPOT. Reporter: A SPOT CRITCHERT BELIEVES THEY WILL NEVER LEAVEING IN THE CITY DOES SOMETHING. THERE’S SO MANY WONDERFUL WAYS TO GIVE IN THIS CITY. BUT GIVE TO THINGS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING. THIS IS NOT WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE. WE ASKED DALLAS POLICE IF THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL CRACKING DOWN ON PANHANDLERS AND WE’RE TOLD THAT THAT INITIATIVE IS OVER. THAT OFFICERS WILL ADDRESS VIOLATIONS. SO YOU MENTIONED THE CITY COUNCIL WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE TOP. WE REJECTED THE PROPOSAL. WILL THESE PEOPLE EVEN GO FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IF THEY WERE OFFERED A JOB FOR DAY LABOR. I ASKED THEM THE SAME QUESTION, THEY SAID YES. AND I ASKED THE ADVOCATES AND

17 Comments

  • Reply Edmund Santiago February 26, 2018 at 3:38 am

    OMFG THERE ARE USING THE MONEY FOR DRUGS GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE,BUT THE GOVERMENT TAKES UR MONEY AND U DEFINATELY DONT FUCKING KNOW WHERE IT GOES TOO

  • Reply Mark Plavecki March 25, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    This is so dumb . They need to stop reading so deep Into this shit.times are so hard

  • Reply Helen Ubiña May 25, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Please help us, we have panhandlers standing in dangerous areas causing havoc in our city. San Jose CA.

  • Reply One day at a time May 28, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Organized panhandling is no different then a pimp working his Hoe's. It's not ok.

  • Reply Nichole Clark July 3, 2018 at 3:23 am

    I can come our here and work for two hours and make 75$……. WORK she literally compared standing on the corner to work.

  • Reply David Garcia July 19, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Is it just me or they all white people

  • Reply stlgtrace July 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    DO NOT give money to panhandlers!!

  • Reply Raegan Moyer July 25, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I know of one collecting disability still panhandling. Maybe it needs to be illegal. I regret giving money …. It got me nowhere… Nothing postive happened to me.

  • Reply Cassie Tolmachoff July 31, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Sad..
    In Colorado Homeless will receive Cannabis for work exchange..picking up trash.
    No..180$ hr bullcrap!!.
    Just jealous ppl who font believe in helping others.
    Hell y'all hive churches look what the fo with you'd damn Money!!these feds are on their own trip .. he wish he didn't have work good govt..once $$ in your hands if you want steak well eat it.yoh want burgers your call.
    Lay of those who need help or weed .. relax.
    Fque the media!!!
    Handle on…✌️

  • Reply Will Wayze August 21, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Cristennnnn

  • Reply black berry November 8, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Give em a lawn mow job, wash ur car, take, clean, paint, wash dishes, wash windows, jesus fed & heal so they could go work…jesus didnt pass out money teaching em to SCAM.

  • Reply Book of shadows contributor Brian November 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    The women's with young kid near metro same thing too

  • Reply Dina Moore November 18, 2018 at 5:10 am

    the panhandling group!
    they're gang stalkers and it's organized crime.
    they say they get paid to do gang stalking. i'ts on TV n' all on Youtube, but ? yeah local gang stalkers but they're all over doing it in syria too maybe too even is they copied syria? gang stalkers copy them

  • Reply housemystery January 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I WOULD LOVE TO CHALLANGE THE NEWS STATIONS QUESTIONS OF WEALTH WHILE THEY GET RICH ACTION ON TV NOT HAVING ANY IDEA WHAT THE AMERICAN DOLLAR STANDS FOR OR EVEN IS. PLEASE COME TO ME SO I CAN THOUROUGHLY GET YOU TOGETHER.

  • Reply housemystery January 3, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    AND ALSO PEOPLE SSI I BELIEVE IS BASED ON HANDOUTS , PROPOSED HANDOUTS YOU BETTER WAKE UP THEY DONT WANT YOU HAVING SHIT, THE GOVERNMENT THAT IS . IT IS A FORM OF FREEDOM WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULDNT LIE HUSTLING TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF!

  • Reply Eric Norman March 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    To See A Baby? Are they selling babies?

  • Reply Eric Norman August 22, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Man with beard os dead. Got ran over by a drunk!

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