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Pregnant woman holds up cardboard sign for cash

By Al Pefley - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - There are plenty of panhandlers out there, but few are like 19-year-old Megan Besgrove. She is eight months pregnant.

And we found her on the side of the road, panhandling at I-95 and 45th Street in West Palm Beach. She holds a cardboard sign which reads: "Pregnant and Homeless. Please Help. Thank You and God Bless."

She told us her baby is due in mid-August, and she and her fiancee have nowhere to live. 

"Nobody will hire a pregnant woman. If you are already working somewhere and become pregnant, they have to keep you. But if you are trying to look for a job and you are pregnant, they can't, most people won't hire you," she said. "I think it's ridiculous. I would work anywhere right now. If anybody would give me a job anywhere, I would work."

She turned to panhandling to pay her expenses.

"I've tried applying for waitressing jobs. Anywhere, I mean, I could work. If I can stand out here for four to six hours a day, I can work. And I'm willing to. It's just if anybody's willing to hire me."

She told us on an average day, she makes $40 - $80, depending on the generosity of drivers. For now, Megan says, she makes enough money each day to pay for a motel room for herself and her fiancee. He, too, is out of work.

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