American Beggar Caught Driving Nice Car, Chinese Reactions

Daniel Ayala yells at Mary Smith, an elderly panhandler he had given money to recently but now caught driving a new car.

Man confronts panhandler after catching her driving a nice car

From NetEase:

Man Sees Beggar Driving Nice Car and Explodes: I Just Gave You Money Last Week

China News October 8th report — According to foreign media reports, everyone knows panhandlers [often] do not lack for money, but to see a beggar one has given charity to living a life of high consumption, a donor will certainly be furious. Recently, that happened to an American man. When he saw the elderly panhandler he often gave money to driving a car better than his own, he lost control of his emotions and gave the beggar an earful.

This incident happened in Oklahoma city, the capital of Oklahoma state. Daniel Ayala discovered the 78-year-old female panhandler he has previously given money to driving a red 2013 Fiat car. Daniel exploded in fury, and yelled at the panhandler through the car window: “You are asking for money in the middle of street and you drive a 2013 car. I work hard everyday, that’s why people like you take advantage of me.”

Ayala also recounted: “Every time I give you two or three dollars and I also gave you four dollars last Thursday, however you are driving a car that is better than mine!” After reprimanding her, he left alone looking dismayed.

There was a middle-aged woman named Brandi Newman who recorded this video and posted it on Facebook. Within a short few days, the video has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

After Ayala went viral online, a TV station interviewed him, in which he still said emotionally: “I gave that lady over $15 in five days. $15 could make me enough to come to work for gas. For her to just take my money like that.

Man confronts panhandler after catching her driving a nice car

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Comments from NetEase:

戴礼帽的和尚 [网易北京市丰台区网友]

I think begging is divided into two kinds:
One kind is to busk through singing or doing acrobatics, in exchange for other people’s money. This actually isn’t begging but busking.
The other kind is to advertise themselves as poor, unfortunate to gain others’ sympathy for begging.
For the latter kind, if this gimmick is eventually proved to be phony, it ought to be punished as fraud.

做你的中国梦去吧 [网易北京市网友]:

Phony beggars do not lack for money while real beggars can’t get any money.

诗奴L [网易广东省深圳市宝安区网友]:

It’s a bit like an unscrupulous ruler forcing people to contribute to loving the “country”.

源心 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

When you encounter a beggar asking for money, definitely don’t give him any money. When you encounter a beggar who wants food, you can give them something to eat.

x13686626760 [网易广东省深圳市手机网友]:

We’re already used to this.

我是周愚民 [网易广东省河源市网友]:

The government really needs to deal with these kinds of “beggars” who beg as an occupation. This kind of people have no moral bottom line, exploiting people’s sympathies, and make people who really need help unable to get help.

网易上海市网友 ip:222.68.*.*

How can this kind of thing happen in the United States where they have such good system? Aren’t all people there supposed to be very honest and kind? Don’t they all have enough to eat and enough to wear? How can there still be beggars? Moreover, a beggar who scams her own compatriots and then lives a natural and unrestrained life. Looks like the people of America have innate problems, and there exists a huge problem in its system/society.

网易湖南省长沙市网友 ip:175.0.*.*

Actually, begging has long been a kind of profession/occupation, with low investment and costs but high returns. That old lady driving a car really is nothing. There have been reports in the past about professional beggars in Shenzhen buying homes and cars, and supporting their children through school.

136174171 [网易北京市网友]:

A citizen who couldn’t tolerate being scammed. Comparatively speaking, their system [American system] is one of progress, whereas in China, this would be commonplace.

catinthetree [网易北京市网友]:

Many beggars take taxis to and from work, while I’m still squeezing onto the subway.


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