OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WVUE) - A confrontation is caught on camera between a woman who was panhandling on an Oklahoma street and a man upset that he gave her money.
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Daniel Ayala says he thought he was doing a good deed when he gave cash to a stranger who appeared to be in her late 70s or early 80s. He says he did so over a period of several days, as she stood near a busy intersection with her homemade sign.
Something he noticed later, though, left him enraged.
"You ask people for money in the middle of the street, and you drive a 2013 car!" Ayala says to the woman as he tapes the encounter.
"It made me mad when I saw her Monday behind this gas station, parked, counting the money," Ayala said. "She had a lot of money in her lap, and I couldn't take it. My anger took over me."
At first, when asked about owning a car, Mary South denied it.
"I don't have no car, get the hell away from me right now," she says on the video. "Get away from me!"
Later, South not only admitted she drives a late-model fiat, she said it's paid off. She's adamant, however, that she has faced some hard times, so she panhandles to help pay bills.
"People that see this video, oh it is wrong," South said. "I`m not a bad person. Don't judge me, I go to church every Sunday."
South says the video has torn her family apart, and that since it went viral, her own daughter refuses to speak to her.
Advocates for the homeless in Oklahoma City advise against giving cash to panhandlers because very few are actually homeless. Instead, they recommend that drivers give coupons provided by most homeless shelters.