He sits in a wheelchair with a sign reading: “Could you spare a dollar for a homeless, disabled U.S. Navy vet?”
The dog tags around his neck and military salute make it look official.
And the scene of him sitting in the chair playing tricks with his cat certainly tugs at the heartstrings of passers-by who pony up money.
But would they have given if they saw the hidden camera video that saw him appearing to walk uninjured?
From CBS2’s undercover van in Burbank, we watched this man get off a MTA bus using a wheelchair ramp.
Almost every day, he’d maneuver his wheelchair down the sidewalk with his cat carrier on his lap, then set up shop outside either the 99 Cents store or in the Ralphs parking lot. He’d wave to some customers, salute others who passed him and show off his trained cat, who’s on a leash.
It seemed to pay off with people dropping money in the bucket.