The recent news that a homeless mother was panhandling with her 6-week-old baby every day on Market Street generated an outpouring of response, some of it questioning whether other panhandling moms spotted around downtown had similarly distressing stories.
Some moms are not quite what they seem.San Francisco police Cmdr. David Lazar worked as captain at Central Station until February and said that in that capacity, he met at least a dozen women who had homes in the East Bay but rode BART into the city to panhandle with children at their sides.
Sometimes the children weren’t even theirs, he said.
Jeff Kositsky, director of the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said he’s met several moms posing as homeless — including one who traveled from Sacramento.