Police Chief: Panhandler Makes $1,000 Each Weekend Pretending To Be Disabled

A Texas police chief says a panhandler who sits in a wheelchair is not disabled or homeless and makes $1,000 a weekend

Abilene, TX – A Texas man who panhandles in a wheelchair, and appears to be homeless, isn't actually homeless and makes about $1,000 a weekend according to the city’s police chief.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said the man panhandles every Saturday and Sunday at a highway intersection, according to KTXS.

Chief Standridge said the police department’s homeless outreach team first conteacted the man after the department received calls from concerned citizens.

The police discovered the man is not homeless and lives in a home in south Abilene.

Chief Standridge also said the man is not wheelchair bound and makes about $1,000 for his weekend panhandling, according to KTXS.

The Chief said someone drops the man off at his spot every weekend to collect money from people passing by.

KTXS went to the intersection where the man panhandles and interviewed him.

The news station referred to the man as “RJ.” The man told them that he is handicapped and homeless. He added that if he is lucky, he makes $6 on the weekends.

Chief Standridge said that the man told police a completely different story, according to KTXS.

"He has told our officers how much he’s making. We know where he resides. I have personally seen him dropped him off on weekends," Chief Standridge said, according to KTXS.

Chief Standridge is asking people to not give money to panhandlers because it does not help them in the long run.

“If you give $5 out your window and I give $5 out my window and the next person, what have we done to address homelessness? Nothing,” Standridge said, according to KTXS. “It’s really about us moving away from charity to philanthropy.”

Chief Standridge said the department has created a four-person homeless outreach team. They go out to the community and have built networks and relationships.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

This isn't illegal. Why is this a story?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Looks like black wall street on wheels to me.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

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Bobbysmom
Bobbysmom

Agree!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

Not illegal? This is FRAUDlll

vwiles34
vwiles34

Reminds me of a story I saw on one of the news shows years ago. A family with the husband, wife and 2 kids would be in a mall or shopping center parking lot. They'd be dressed kind of ragged and in a junky looking car they claimed to be living in. They'd ask for money to feed the kids. Or maybe gas money to get to another city where they had relatives.

It turned out they had a beautiful home in one of the most upscale neighborhoods. Owned 2 luxury cars and lived a very lavish lifestyle. They were bringing in several hundred thousand dollars a year doing this. And could have continued this scam going if they had paid taxes. If someone tells me they're hungry I'll buy them a meal. But if I'm going to give cash it will be to a recognized charity.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

I asked the city what could be done about this and was told,"nothing"....It's not panhandling unless they ASK you for money. As long as they're just holding a sign it's perfectly legal. Every friggin corner has someone with a sign,entrances to Walmart's and everywhere where there is alot of traffic. A friend had some work to get done on some properties and was paying 20.00an hour. Asked 2 guys if they wanted to work and the response was, hell no man. That's work when I can sit here and eat, make money and leave when I want too. These "poor" pukes don't want jobs or help ! They want your money,county help and any charity they can get. Fugem !

sanman
sanman

Any officer who has ever worked with, around or contacted these folks know that 99% of these folks are where they are by choice. They have decided to drink and use instead of work and perseverance. They have destroyed relationships with loved ones and refuse help because help generally means rules.

Musicray
Musicray

I’ve witnessed this before... more common than you would expect.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Generally speaking (and in this situation in particular) policemen should not be doing social work. Social workers are better at it. It is what they train for.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

I applaud the Chief for exposing this fraud! More cities and more police officers should do the same for the ones in our towns in order to identify those who might be in legitimate need of help and to identify those who are simply "Living off the fat of the land!"

ForestRon
ForestRon

$4000 a month cash, in addition his EBT card and whatever else he is getting off the social teat; not a bad gig...

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

Unfortunately, this deception happens more often than you might think. I don't give money to people standing on the side of the road because I became aware of this con years ago...I'm not saying don't help the homeless, I'm just saying I don't give people money to people standing on the side of the road or on a sidewalk.

ikaika
ikaika

I was approached by a woman in a store parking lot who asked me if I could give her a few dollars for gas for her car. I told her no and reported her to someone when I got into the store. The guy said, "Is she back again? The police have chased her off and so have we." When I drove away later I saw her sitting on a low wall at the edge of the parking lot counting the fattest wad of cash I'd ever seen.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Damn, he makes $1000 a weekend, so about $50,000 a year, and only "working" two days a week.... You know, was thinking of getting a part time gig, maybe I should just buy a wheelchair, some cardboard and some sharpies and put myself on the side of road and see how much I can make.

Heck, I might even be able to quit my full time job if i make enough!!!

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

Why can't this joker be charged with fraud(obtaining money under false pretenses).

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I find myself pretty dubious of the $1000 per typical weekend claim. Maybe he lied to the chief, or maybe the chief misheard something. It is even possible that the chief made it up to try to publicize this story thinking that it was a "white lie" that would do more good than harm.

tfort
tfort

American capitalist system st work. Compared to the banking industry, he is about as honest as they come.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

This is why I never give them money but I will give them food...one Thanksgiving I gave one an extra plate of turkey and dressing I had and my church does up "Hope Bags" for us to pass out that has food and prayer cards, but that's all they get from me!!!