An elderly woman in Oklahoma City who begs for money on a median strip actually has a newer-model car, and a home, as well as a panhandling permit. When somebody who had been giving money to the woman discovered she drives a new Fiat, he sprung up to confront her. A passerby (who also recognized the woman who had been panhandling in the street) had been preparing to take a photos as evidence herself when she caught the confrontation on film.
A new model Fiat retails between $11,000 and $15,000 at dealerships.
In Oklahoma, almost anyone can get a panhandling license as long as they are willing to submit to a criminal background check. By accepting a license to panhandle, the license holder must agree to the city rules regulating where and when they may panhandle.