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‘Fraud:’ Confrontation with panhandlers caught on camera

September 4, 2019


, WHERE THE CONFRONTATION HAPPENED. SHE HAS WHAT POLICE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SITUATION. COURTNEY POLICE SAY THEY KNOW WHO THE PANHANDLERS ARE. THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO PANHANDLE IN BRUNSWICK AND BATH. BONN GOLD WAS HERE SATURDAY WHEN THEY WERE ASKING PEOPLE FOR MONEY OUTSIDE MCDONALD’S IN TOPSHAM. SHE TRIED TO STOP THEM WHEN SHE OVERHEARD THEIR CONVERSATION. SHE PULLED OUT HER CAMERA AND STARTED RECORDING.>>FRAUDS. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY. COURTNEY: BONNIE GOLD AND HER DAUGHTER MCKAY SAY THEY OVERHEARD CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PANHANDLERS THAT LEFT THEM OUTRAGED.>>THEY TOOK $1000 RECENTLY. PAID OFF A CAR. THE OLDER GENTLEMAN SAID, DIDN’T YOU JUST BUY TIRES? COURTNEY: GOLD WAS PLANNING ON TALKING WITH THE PEOPLE INSIDE THE RESTAURANT, BUT THEY WERE BACK AT THE INTERSECTION. SHE WENT TO THE MANAGER.>>SOMEONE FOUND ME SOME CARDBOARD AND MARKERS. I WROTE “FRAUD.” COURTNEY THEY STOOD SILENTLY NEXT TO THE MAN ASKING FOR MONEY UNTIL HE WALKED AWAY. THE SITUATION HEATED UP WHEN THE PANHANDLERS CAME BACK TO CONFRONT THEM.>>SHE GRABBED HER PHONE, BUSTED HER FINGERNAILS. THE OLDER GENTLEMAN PUNCHED ME IN THE CHEST.>>WE GOT CALLED IN AS A RESULT. WE CHARGED T PEOPLE WITH ASSAULT.>>YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TOUCH US. COURTNEY: CARL BROWN AND MARY RU SSO WERE CHARGED BECAUSE THE SITUATION GOT PHYSICAL. AS LONG AS THEY ARE STAYING OUT OF TRAFFIC, THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO. THEY C PUT ANYTHING THEY WANT ON A SIGN. IF PEOPLE GIVE THEM MONEY, THEY WILL STAY OUT THERE. COURTNEY: GOLD NORMALLY KEEPS BAGS OF FOOD IN H TRUNK TO HAND OUT TO THOSE IN NEED. NOW THE SIGN WILL BE IN THEIR — THERE TOO.>>TO BRAG ABOUT THIS MONEY AND WHERE IT IS GOING, IT IS NOT GOING TO WHAT THEY CLAIM THEY NEED IT OR — FOR. COURTNEY: BROWN AND RUSSO LISTED ADDRESSES ON THE POLICE REPORT.

60 Comments

  • Reply Mileena Jade March 8, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    … them crooks jst [email protected] the way they r dresses!!!…HAHA now we knew how they looked like!!!!… idiots!!..

  • Reply Craig Owens March 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Why cant the police do something if it is fraud? Even if you cant arrest them for panhandling, you can still arrest them for fraud.

  • Reply S. B. May 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    White pos garbage

  • Reply Robert Hutton October 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    COPS should be arresting these garbage because they are CON MEN and WOMEN.

  • Reply Jason Gibson October 30, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    All four need to get a life.

  • Reply killersushi88 November 3, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Anybody else see those crazy eyebrows on the blue jacket lady?!

  • Reply Freak Of Nature November 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Hard to know whom to give to anymore with creeps like this walking the streets .

  • Reply Christina Luna November 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    i. am pround of these women

  • Reply xXsodasensorXx December 2, 2016 at 1:44 am

    some people should be shot

  • Reply Zoya Sparkles January 11, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Love this lady🙌

  • Reply jamin jimmy February 5, 2017 at 3:36 am

    some people have no morals but I do give them money…I evaluate bed I can buy unless you know forsure there not honest then I help. I don't like seeing anyone go hungry!

  • Reply Me Me February 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

    There's no law against asking for money. The city's need to put up signs saying don't give to the homeless to discourage people from giving them money otherwise they'll be there asking for a handout. It is annoying when so many of them ask nowadays. I'll give food but not money.

  • Reply Koddy February 16, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Only in the US you can find clean and healthy looking people panhandling.

  • Reply Michael Cochran April 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    And here you have crisis actors perpetuating an anti-homeless agenda. They never heard such a conversation. This propaganda designed to justify the eventual round up of homeless to FEMA camps. When the homeless are gone…YOU are next.

  • Reply fr8hauler April 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    How is it legal to stand near the roadway and abstract traffic?

  • Reply A April 26, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Some people have to beg employers won't hire them.

  • Reply Reper1483 April 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    You should see these pukes in OKC, OK. They are 10 times worse!!! The law needs to be changed by cities requiring these pieces of mooching trash to have permits and be required to report ALL money mooched per day to be taxed as income!!!

  • Reply Tammy Harrison May 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Nothing we can do! They can scam people out of their hard earned dollars right in front of police and there's nothing the cops can do? Well, what can you do then? why do we pay you?

  • Reply Penguin Community May 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Don't even give food to panhandlers. Your local food bank desperately needs whatever you can give.

  • Reply Rebecca Flagler May 19, 2017 at 6:05 am

    You both so wonderful for doing this so no one gets taken advantage of. Bless You

  • Reply Drool Alot May 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I pay $2500 a month in taxes…… They can get it from that

  • Reply DAV!D&CLARA June 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Sad thing is there's probably someone out there with a sign who actually needs help but we have trash like this making it harder for people in need to get money.

  • Reply ThreeBears Sandoval June 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    TRUMPS KIN

  • Reply cvc June 9, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    when you're watching Onion news stories and click on a real news video by accident.

  • Reply corey Babcock June 11, 2017 at 5:32 am

    my situation is legit I live in my van and panhandle for gas and food and yes money to wash clothes​ fix my van if needed and pay my monthly insurance

  • Reply shirley hurtzig June 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I used to work before a doctor messed up my left leg trying to fix my right hand I was diagnosed with lupus syndrome I'm a Christian and I just want to say Have a Heart they're not all bad they're not all scammers a lot of them are yes I agree but I have always given to the homeless because I used to be homeless and it wasn't fun I've been used by people and I forgive them all I actually still love them but I don't want to be friends with them anymore cuz I'm very hurt not all of them are bad some are just down on their luck can't you understand that.

  • Reply N Elks June 18, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I love these Women! Fraud is a crime you know. Here we are , poor ourselves, and giving money to people that lie, cheat, and steal. That's FRAUD!

  • Reply Ms.WhiteFolks ? June 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

    how do u know they are frauds.maybe these people fell on hard times. maybe they were gonna lose that car. maybe there car needed tires. life is hard without transportation. people are nosey idiots.

  • Reply Sold to be Diers June 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Seems like they work across from either McDonald's or Walmart's… & the 2 businesses don't ever mind. Reckon when you think you see someone in a worse state than you… it tends to lead you to appreciate the ability of spending more at both of these establishments… so you do! @ any rate the act of giving is always favored in the eyes of He gave the most. 61917

  • Reply Benjamin Lee June 23, 2017 at 12:06 am

    lol wmtm is a weather channel out of Maine not even a real news station American's are all liar's LMFAO

  • Reply Mike Reynolds June 23, 2017 at 5:25 am

    this panhandlers should be locked up and this city's should be passing law's preventing them from begging for money

  • Reply Fat Bastardo June 25, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Mace them and then lay to boots to the one who claim they are vets.

  • Reply Kimberly Kardashian June 29, 2017 at 2:39 am

    can't knock a hustle. she mad cus she gotta go to work…

  • Reply sashay cashay July 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

    THE MAN IS 80 AFTER ALL AND IF YOUR GOING TO DONATE JUST DONATE..THEY PUT THE MONEY ON A CAR NOT DRUGS AT LEAST!!

  • Reply ThreeBears Sandoval July 23, 2017 at 5:13 am

    TRUMP HUMPERS..LMAO..THEY BEG FOR MONEY BUT NOT JOBS..TRUMP COME GET YOU'RE KIDS

  • Reply Centredoorplugs Thornton August 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Older guy must be the ladies' procurer.
    Polite way of saying pimp.

  • Reply Razzi Rhi August 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Stop giving homeless people money and offer food and clothes instead then you'll see who is really needy and who is a fraud

  • Reply Miss Tonya c007 October 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Let it be noted that these scriptures on generosity and liberality are not in conflict or out of balance with others that condemn ingrates, sluggards, and lazy persons. For example, the lazy one who will not plow in cold weather deserves nothing when begging in harvesttime; he that refuses to work is not entitled to the generosity of others. 

    Proverbs 21:25
    "What the lazy man craves will put him to death, For his hands refuse to work."
    Proverbs 10:26
    "Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So the lazy person is to the one who sends him."
    Proverbs 20:4
    "The lazy one does not plow in winter, So he will be begging during the harvest when he has nothing"

  • Reply MA Humphrey October 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    But, for the Grace of God, go I.

  • Reply Shannon Williams November 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I don't live in the best part of town. But there was the guy outside a gas station collecting money. I didn't have any to give.but I watched him take that money he'd got and go in the store and buy lottery tickets.

  • Reply Larry Schroeder November 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Best to donate to food banks or the like,that way you know the money is being used helpfully

  • Reply Steve Stiff November 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    F' these people…..run over their asses

  • Reply Christopher G. December 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    That woman was 41? She looked like she was in her 60s.

  • Reply Ndee Redsky March 2, 2018 at 5:25 am

    My security company refuses to give me 40 hours, after they cut hours from me to two days a week…an MECHANIC shops refuses to hire me even with my mechanic school training, an dam warehouses don't wanna give me a interview…. So go figure…

  • Reply Jeff Hill May 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    The economy is good, get a fkn job losers

  • Reply Robert Robrahn July 3, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    These digusting panhandlers are actually free to do as they please. Why does this bother you so much? If the public gives them money, it's their business. Easy money is easy money and people are greedy AF!

  • Reply Dan Bascom July 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Funny,. Two fat ugly woman with no life trying to get involved in some other poor person's life.

  • Reply David Walker September 6, 2018 at 3:27 am

    They look mentally disabled.

  • Reply Jim Lane September 24, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Good gals. I'm a bleeding heart conservative who believes strongly in the 2nd amendment and helping those who need a little help. In my town i see young healthy adults asking for help and folks have offered work for cash to them but they don't want that, they just want to be given money without effort. Sorry that's not what i see as a worthy investment of the heart! I'm not tooting my horn but i just want to make a point… A while ago i was comming out of Lowe's where i spotted a wheelchair bound man with no legs holding a homeles vet sign. Now I'm a vet and this broke my heart as it would if he wasn't a vet! But folks you can see honesty in a man's eyes along with the pain he suffers! And in this man i seen honesty, sadness and physical pain to the point i can only imagine! so i gave him a meal from the burger joint and a bit of money. I kind of see it this way… If he's a war torn vet and buys alcohol with the money…. I would be honered to buy that man a drink!

  • Reply Thanks for another bad haircut, Mom! NoFirstName November 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Gypsy culture and cons include the following: their children are told a fable. That when Christ was crucified one of the stakes was made of silver. That stake was meant to be pounded through the heart of Christ, but a gypsy child stole the spike and so, forever, gypsies are forgiven all their sins because they saved Christ. Gypsies must all be "earners" including children and the elderly. Children are stuffed into cramped umbrella strollers in the sun while their mothers hold up begging signs in the Walmart parking lot. Meanwhile, the husband is in a brand new extended cab truck in another spot on the phone with her warning if police are seen.
    The men do roofing and paving scams. The elderly do "confidence " scams, telling fortunes, reading palms and talking to your dead mother.
    They shoplift and then, they n attempt to return the stolen items for cash. That's why Walmart makes you show your drivers license now when you have a return. a return. They scan the parking lot for discarded receipts, then shoplift what's on the receipt and attempt to return it for cash.
    They pick pockets in groups, handing your items off to others who disappear in the crowd.

    When you see them call 1-800-ABUSE and report their exploitation of their own children.

  • Reply black berry November 7, 2018 at 1:37 am

    THEIVES, THEIVES THEIVES…..BEGGING THIEVES…..STEAL FROM SYMPATHIC PEOPLE……

  • Reply Thanks for another bad haircut, Mom! NoFirstName November 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Nothing clean or healthy about them. They ALL smoke!

  • Reply peter papadimitriou February 6, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    People like this makes me sick I'm a stroke and cardiac arrest survivor here in Hamilton Ontario Canada and I don't Panhandle for money

  • Reply J-Yo February 9, 2019 at 3:12 am

    whoever did her eyebrows should be sent to jail >_> that's some next level eyebrows though…

  • Reply David West February 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Good job lady's yes I see this in my town Provo Utah and salt lake people pandhandling and dealing drugs

  • Reply Anniefanny Charles May 11, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    They don't need any food….

  • Reply Paulvon128 May 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    good reporting by Courtney Sturgeon

  • Reply Cee Cee B. July 16, 2019 at 6:04 am

    While I respect these women, confronting these people yourself is not a safe action. She got punched; she could have been stabbed or beaten ro death. Please be careful.

  • Reply John Haywood July 27, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Was in the parking lot of a Bojangles parked away from the building, seen a guy begging for money. This other guy walks in with him and buys him a nice big box of chicken then drives off. The guy who has the chicken walks over to my vehicle and offers to sell me his box of chicken for $5.

  • Reply EASball September 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    This is why I just can't give money to panhandlers. You really don't know how they will spend it. Maybe they truly don't need the money and are scamming people, or maybe they're irresponsible with it and will waste it on drugs/booze and end up back at square one.

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