Faking the appearance of a disability
by walking with or carrying a cane
when not needed.
Common and easy to pull off because canes are cheap, and can cost under $10.
Usually done for the following reasons:
-To gain sympathy from onlookers
-To get a physician to declare one disabled
-To obtain a handicapped parking permit
-To be given priority in line or obtain priority seating reserved for the disabled (such as on a bus or train)
-To use electric shopping carts reserved for the disabled when in reality too lazy to walk
-To fraudulently obtain various disability benefits such as discounts or government handouts
I think my neighbor may be committing cane fraud. She sometimes walks with a cane and appears to struggle, and sometimes runs out to her car with no cane as if she is in a hurry to get somewhere.