Man Fakes 'Homeless Vet' Status for Money But Gets Awesomely Put in His Place (VIDEO)

homeless vetOdds are, there has been some point or another in your life when you've wondered whether or not the panhandler you're passing on the street is being 100 percent truthful with their story. It's heartbreaking to see someone down on their luck, but it's normal to be wary and skeptical of someone you're about to hand your hard-earned money over to. You want to be a good person and help out, but you don't want to be had. It's quite the predicament -- especially if you happen to see someone with a sign that says "homeless vet." How could you turn your back on someone who served our country?

If you haven't already, you may think twice now, thanks to a homeless man who goes by the name "Rudy." Rudy has been cashing in for quite some time with that exact sign. In fact, just this past July 4, a woman handed him a $20 and said, "I'm so proud of you." But one TV station found out that Rudy was lying and decided to give him a taste of his own medicine -- with a sign that read "liar."

Rudy spoke with the Michigan news station and told them that he found the sign. When he was asked whether or not he felt guilty about spending donations from people on alcohol, he said, "Nah. I'm just happy I got some drinking money."

After one of the producers from the show showed up with the "liar" sign and stood next to Rudy, Rudy took off on a "swanky-looking mountain bike" and found another corner, where he stood with another sign that didn't advertise himself as a homeless vet.

I think it would be naive to say that Rudy is the only homeless person ever to pull the "vet" card falsely, but the sad thing is there are vets out there who are homeless -- and guys like Rudy are potentially taking away from them.

It's sad that Rudy is down on his luck, and I'm sure people resort to all sorts of things when they're hungry and out on the street, but there's just something that seems taboo about saying you served your country when you never did. Actually, it's a disgrace.

After busting the phony vet, the producer who held up the sign set up a fundraiser at the corner where Rudy collected money. The following day, he raised (and pitched in) a total of $2,170 for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Glad to see some good came from this, after all. 

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Karen McGowan Pointer

They are stealing from our REAL veterans and need to be held accountable. They should be shot in sight.

the4m... the4mutts

Stealing? Really? Its not like he went in to get government benefits with falsified documents or something.

What I think of this, is that people are stupid. Stop giving cash to random people! If you want to help, give them a sandwich, some water, and a paper with directions to the nearest church/homeless center/etc on it. Give your cash to REAL, and LOCAL organizations. Handing any homeless person money, is not really the kind thing to do for them. They need to help themselves too.

I dont like anyone to be hungry. But if a vagrant turns down a free meal, they must not be so hard up, kwim?

Melis... Melissa1508

@4Mutts-Yes.  Exactly.

Sarah Scranton

I saw a guy once his sign said "need help saving for a hooker" and you know what I gave him money LOL :) I thought it was awesome and he probably was going to use it on beer or food who knows... But even if it is just to buy beer eff it...

Sarah Scranton

You can make a lot of money panhandiling thats why people do it... If they need money that bad and dont feel guilty why should i...

Karin... KarinJune

Used to be a college kid here who played his sax on a corner raising tuition money. He would play "sesame street" for my then young kids, I always gave him a few

Guinh... Guinhyvar

Part of living where I live is that there are a lot of homeless people. We see a lot of panhandlers, especially in the summer months. You get to know the "regulars". A few years ago, a new guy showed up, and worked a circuit (a few blocks radius) for a few months, then vanished into the wind. I saw him every single day, twice a day, during my commute. A few weeks after he vanished, I was pulling into a gas station that I used on a regular basis because it was close to where I lived, but nowhere near close enough to where the Mystery Man panhandled, and saw him pumping gas into a very nice older model BMW. It was in perfect condition, he was wearing nice clothes, had a phone, wearing jewelry, and a watch. Somehow I don't think he was homeless, as he proclaimed, or "down on his luck" and "Just needed some help, God bless". I don't blame the guy for taking money, it's not like he's stealing, but it made me think, you know? If I give money to a panhandler, it's usually one that I see on a regular basis. Like I said, there are a lot around here.


jessi... jessicasmom1

why do people feel they need to protray someone they are in fact not

Samantha Muscia

I had this happen, I was a teen, saw a man in a wheel chair and he had a sign that said dying of cancer, etc, etc.  My mom and I gave him $20, it was Christmas time and it felt right.  Later that day, we saw the same guy at Hobby Lobby, walking around!  Plus, as an adult I worked in downtown Chicago, which makes you very cynical about people panhandling.  Now, I give that money to the Red Cross or other charities I know use the money for the right reasons.  It sucks to feel that way, and I know there are truely people out there who are in need but I have seen too many people who are not really in need "cashing" in. 

Gabby705 Gabby705

Actually it was the free beer and Hotwings show, a RADIO SHOW that did this. thats producer Joe holding the liar sign and Joe was then getting money that they donated to a local vet hospital in Michigan where the radio show is based. I believe they collected over a thousand $$!!

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