Lafayette Man Warns Of Fraudulent Panhandling Scheme From Local Woman [PHOTO]
A Lafayette man is warning others about a woman who has approached him multiple times over the last few years asking for money, claiming that her sob stories are nothing but lies.
John J. Broussard posted a photo of the woman on Facebook after seeing her in the Pinhook Walmart parking lot walking with another woman who he believes was falling for her scheme.
At the time of this post the photo Broussard posted to the KATC Facebook page had been shared over 2000 times. Furthermore, there were over 300 comments on the photo from people claiming that they had also been duped by the woman—all citing the same sob story from numerous locations around the Lafayette area.
UPDATE: After we posted the story on our Facebook page, hundreds of our listeners say they were approached and/or duped by the same woman. Below is a running list of the places people have encountered her.
Walmart on Pinhook
Whataburger on University
Diocese of Lafayette
St. Elizabeth Seton
St. Leo Seton
Tobacco Plus (near airport)
Target on Louisiana Avenue
McDonald's on Pinhook
Waffle House on Evangeline Thruway
Office Depot on Johnston
Tobacco Plus in Eunice
Walmart in Pineville
Taco Bell on I-10
LaHaye Eye Center
Tobacco Plus in Duson
Racetrac on Ambassador
Super 1 in Carencro
Shell Station on Evangeline Thruway
Grand 16 Theater on Johnston
Burger King at Ambassador and I-10
Walmart in Broussard
Picante's in Carencro
Walmart in Houma
Jockey Lot Flea Market
Walgreen's on Johnston & S. College
Pack & Paddle
Walgreen's on Pinhook & Kaliste Saloom
T&A Travel Center
Chevron on University & I-10
Academy on Louisiana Avenue
McDonald's on University
Dollar Tree on Evangeline Thruway
Chili's in Carencro
Burger King on Dulles
Lowes on Gloria Switch
Pilot in Breaux Bridge
Walmart in Breaux Bridge
Twisted Ink Tattoo
Urbano's on Pinhook
Walmart in New Iberia
Walgreen's on Pinhook and Bendel
Fremin's in New Iberia
Don's Seafood Hut
Home Depot on Evangeline Thruway
US Post Office on Feu Follet
Hardee's on Kaliste Saloom
Albertson's in Broussard
Winn Dixie on Ambassador and Dulles
Circle K on St. Landry and University
Alberston's on Johnston and S. College
I agree with John about wanting to help others in need, and even though we don't have hardcore proof that this woman was being dishonest, his story is what makes many (including myself) hesitate before being charitable in situations like the one he described.
It's very hard to believe that hundreds of people from all different areas of town and different walks of life could be lying about being duped in the exact same way, from the exact same woman.
On the flip side of this situation it's amazing to see how generous the people of Acadiana are—some people reportedly giving out $100 or more and others paying for multiple nights in hotels out of the kindness of their heart.
Have you been approached by this woman, or anyone else who was dishonest while asking for money?
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