JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You called in with complaints about panhandlers and within minutes Action News showed up.
Camera rolling and microphone in hand, we asked them if they knew they were breaking the law.
"I don't understand, no speak English," said one woman.
Action News' Alyana Gomez had the following exchange with one of the men who admitted to panhandling to get gas money.
Alyana Gomez: "Do one of you guys speak English?"
Man: "No ma'am, no American."
Gomez: "Do you speak enough English to ask for money out here?"
Man: "Maybe ma'am, sometimes. We need a job you know. We don't have a job."
Gomez: "But you know it's against the law to be out here soliciting for money?"
Man: "OK ma'am, I'm sorry." Gomez: "You have the kids out here all day?"
Man: "I don't speak English too much, I'm sorry."
Gomez: "You speak perfect English, it sounds like."
Witnesses nearby snapped a photo of the man begging for money minutes before Action News confronted them. We spoke with the property manager of the strip mall on 103rd Street on the Westside. He said the panhandling problem is out of control.
"We run the same ones off all the time, then if you call the police they end up leaving," said property manager Jeff Jacobs.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office recently created a special task force to crackdown on panhandling.
As of October, investigators arrested 17 people. Alina Antonescu was one of them. She's accused of using her kids to solicit money.
The guy we saw on Wednesday hasn't been caught by police yet. Soliciting is a misdemeanor and the charge only warrants one day of jail time.