Panhandler at first unashamed of sign lying about being a veteran

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Courtesy WGRD

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A special report by television station WZZM13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan has raised familiar questions about whether donors are being duped by panhandlers who claim to be homeless when they are not, or claim to be veterans when they are not.

One middle-aged man named Rudy was especially forthcoming and unapologetic to WZZM’s reporter about his insincere sign.

While Rudy is homeless, he is not a veteran, even though the sign he holds up to collect money makes that claim.

“This one lady, she gave me a $20 bill. She said, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ and I said ‘Well thank you,'” said Rudy.

When the reporter asked if he felt badly for lying to her, Rudy said, “No. No. I’m just happy I got some drinking money.”

When radio station WGRD’s Free Beer and Hot Wings show learned of Rudy, they decided to make their own sign.

‘Producer Joe’ joined Rudy at his busy intersection with a cardboard sign that read ‘LIAR’ in big red and yellow letters with an arrow pointing in the vet’s direction.

CLICK HERE to see the radio station’s sign.

In their investigation, WZZM13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan found many panhandlers earn about $20 an hour.

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