Panhandler on Ocean Parkway pretends to be a Vietnam vet with one arm, but he's a fake whom our photographer nabbed counting his cash with both arms - NYPOST.com
For years, Brooklyn commuters have opened their wallets for Robert McMahon, handing cash to this heroic and heartbreaking figure, a Vietnam vet in combat fatigues, his left arm missing and his right leg crippled, as he panhandles on Ocean Parkway in Kensington.
He plays to their patriotism, having scrawled his nickname, "Rambo," on the back of his camouflage jacket, along with his years of service with the Marines and two stints in 'Nam that saw heavy action. The top of his empty left sleeve is pinned to his uniform shoulder, and he drags his bum leg behind him.
Photos: Alex Rud
Robert Mc Mahon appears an arm short.
While begging for cash in Brooklyn, he plays up his phony stints in Vietnam.
At day's end, he counts his cash - with both fully functioning arms.
When drivers stop for red lights, McMahon, 53, hobbles over and salutes gallantly, juggling a paper cup and a cardboard sign that reads, "Vietnam vet." They give freely.
Ugh. He makes me sick.