Vet Confronts Panhandler Wearing Uniform
Emotionally-charged video shows the moment an angry Army veteran called out a panhandler in Tampa, Florida for faking a military connection by wearing a camouflage uniform. Garrett Goodwin, who spent nearly 10 years in the Army as a combat medic, spotted the allegedly phony veteran while driving down the main road to MacDill Air Force Base on Sunday. When he first spoke with the beggar, Goodwin started to get suspicious since he claimed to be special forces but was wearing a Junior ROTC patch on his uniform. While he can't be 100 per cent certain that the man he confronted isn't a veteran, he says he's positive based on the panhandler's shamed reaction, riding off on his bike after the incident. 'If it turns out he's an honorably discharged veteran, I personally give him $1,000 cash and personally spend the hours that it takes to get him into the VA system,' Goodwin promised in an interview with WTSP. Since posting the video online on Sunday, the clip has been shared more than four million times on Facebook. Many of the commenters believe Goodwin had a reason to confront the panhandler, while others have criticized his intimidating approach. 'I think he owed us an explanation,' Goodwin told ABC Action News, defending the video. 'Some people have called me a bully on the internet, and I think he's a bully wearing a uniform holding up a sign walking up to people's cars in an intersection looking for money. I think he's bullying people out of their money.'