PHOENIX (CAUGHT MISBEHAVING) -- There are a lot of panhandlers throughout the Phoenix area. Most go unnoticed as we live our daily lives. One particular panhandler, however, caught my attention not once, but twice.
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The first meeting was in early 2019. This particular panhandler was soliciting funeral donations for his aunt, who, according to the panhandler, died of cancer.
Fast forward to November 2019 when our paths crossed again. This time, the panhandler was asking for money to pay for a funeral for his recently deceased uncle. Like the aunt from earlier this year, the uncle also died of cancer.
"Didn't your aunt just die of cancer?" I asked. "No," he answered. He told me we had "never" spoken before, so I showed him video from my cell phone. "No, that's not me," he said.
While panhandling is not illegal in Phoenix and helping those in need is a good thing, an organization like St. Mary's Food Bank can stretch the money you donate to benefit more people.