It's not bullshit, it's just what was reported. Camera footage of panhandler walking to car, then they followed the car to the guy's house. Sounds like it doesn't fit with *your* preconceived notions. I'm not coming at this with preconceived notions, just observations. I've seen evidence that some panhandlers are liars and evidence that some really are living in the woods.
Saying "Here are my observations." is actually the complete opposite of reality denial. Note I never said the guy owned the house. If memory serves, it was shared by a couple panhandlers. I don't remember if they owned, were renting, or something else.
Oh, here's another one. Young lady tells me she's stranded and needs money for gas to get home in adjacent state. I tell her meet me at the gas station at the entrance to the shopping center we were in and I'll pay for her gas. She gratefully agrees. I get in my car, drive there...and she doesn't follow. Drive back, and she's gone. Now, maybe she was telling the truth and got lost (impossible given the layout). Maybe she was lying and just wanted the cash for something other than gas. I'll never know, but if someone offered to pay for the gas I desperately needed and all I had to do was go to a safe, well lit area, I think I'd do it.
One more. Guy comes up to me on the sidewalk telling me how he just got out of jail yesterday and could I help him out with a couple bucks for lunch. Having no cash, I decline. 3 weeks later, guy comes up to me on the sidewalk telling me how he just got out of jail yesterday, and could I help him out with a couple bucks for lunch. Same guy. I reflexively lit into him and called him out for being a liar, and he didn't deny it.
Believe what you want, but the truth is exactly what I said. "...some people are honestly in need of help, and some people are abusing our desire to help people who need it."