Friday, November 14, 2014
Women use kids to scam people
From the Daily News:
That panhandling mom with a child in her lap?
Oh, baby! It’s a scam, according to NBC New York. While panhandling is legal in New York, a month-long investigation followed nine women around the city and concluded that they were working and living together.
Social service workers said the women have repeatedly refused shelter and aid because they only want cash.
"This is a scam — a business," the non-profit The Doe Fund’s George McDonald told NBC New York.
McDonald said his organization has done its research on the women and witnessed them handing off the same children, exploiting them by “working in shifts.”
Homeless women are seen more and more bringing their children along to panhandle.
Research suggests that some of the women are 'working in shifts' and handing off the children to each other to use as props.
Children can’t be used to peddle, according to seldom-enforced state law. But it’s a statute that’s being flaunted as video shows these women collecting fast cash from sympathetic passersby.
But the investigation found the women were using Grand Central Terminal as a meeting point and living in the same East New York building.