Shoppers in Pleasant Hill, be on alert today for the professional panhandlers!
Here’s a note from a Claycordian who came into contact with two of them….
My wife and I went to In-N-Out in Pleasant Hill. We went through the drive-thru because we were listening to the radio, and thought we’d just stay in the car and eat our food.
After we got our food, we parked near Toys R Us. About a minute after parking, I look out my window to see a 12-year-old (give or take a year) holding a sign that says “my family is hungry”. Her mother was standing behind her, in awful looking clothes. She motioned at me to roll down our window, which I did. I offered her my french fries, and in a foreign accent, she said “we need money”. I said “but your sign says you are hungry”, and she said “we need money no food”. I then rolled my window back up. Her mom then started knocking on my window and said “money please”. I actually had to back out of the spot and leave to get rid of them. They were the most annoying and pushy panhandlers I have ever met.
I know you have written about them in the past, but I wanted to let people know they are out in full force today, and they’re not taking “no” for an answer.
Thanks for the note. Yes, they are professional panhandlers. They work as a group. Several women will get dropped off by a man in a van at certain locations, often with children, and beg until they get a certain amount of money, or until the police kick them out.
Beware, they’re scammers! About a year ago, the Concord Police arrested one of the women, and she had thousands of dollars in her pocket, and she was allegedly high on drugs.