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Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby RugbyD » Mon May 19, 2008 11:52 am

Apparently Miami is overrun with 70+ gentlemen helping damsels in distress who are really cops all to eager to entrpat these dangerous thugs. :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t

And police wonder why people are always taking pictures of, and videotaping, their work.

http://www.local10.com/news/16210168/detail.html

Man Accused Of Providing Illegal Taxi Service
78-Year-Old Says He Was Just Being Kind

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A man who said he thought he was just helping a woman in need is accused of running an illegal taxi service.

Miami-Dade County's Consumer Services Department has slapped Rosco O'Neil with $2,000 worth of fines, but O'Neil claims he is falsely accused.

"I ain't running nothing illegal," O’Neil said.

The 78-year-old said he was walking into a Winn-Dixie to get some groceries when he was approached by a woman who said she needed a ride.

"She asked me, 'Do I do a service?'" O'Neil said. "I told her no. She said, 'I need help getting home.'"

O'Neil told the woman if she was still there when he finished his shopping, he would give her a ride. She was, so he did.

As it turned out, the woman was an undercover employee with the consumer services department targeting people providing illegal taxi services.

"She said the reason she targeted him (is because) she saw him sitting in his car for a few minutes," said Ellen Novodeletsky, O'Neil's attorney.

After O'Neil dropped off the woman, police surrounded him, issued him two citations and impounded his minivan. On top of the fees, it cost O'Neil an additional $400 to retrieve his minivan from the impound lot.

There are no prior complaints that O'Neil was providing illegal transportation for a fee.

"It's not entrapment because she didn't expect him to provide her transportation," said Sonya Perez, a spokeswoman for the consumer services department.

O'Neil claims he was just being kind and providing a ride to a lady in need.

"There's all kinds of possibilities, but the fact of this particular case, what our enforcement officers witnessed -- because we had several on the scene, plus a Miami-Dade police officer -- and all the information came back the same, that this was a business transaction," Perez said.

O'Neil said he never even discussed money until the woman insisted upon it.

"She asked me, 'How much you charging?'" O'Neil said. "I said, 'Anything you give me.' She said, 'No, I need a price.'"
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby knapplc » Mon May 19, 2008 11:59 am

In the course of my life, I've probably changed 10 tires for people on the roadside. I used to haul furniture at a company in a small town outside of Lincoln, and I took the highway home. I'd be dressed in crummy clothes, sweaty and dirty from my work, and many times I'd see a man or woman dressed in their office clothes with a flat on the side of the road. I pulled over and changed their tire for them. Most of the time they wanted to pay me, most of the time I was able to refuse, but some of them insisted and I took the cash ($5 or $10, but one guy gave me $20).

So, does that make me a criminal? Am I running an "illegal roadside repair service" since I have in my life accepted cash from people for doing them a service? According to authorities in Florida, apparently I am.

And here I just thought I was being a nice guy. Little did I know I was a criminal mastermind! ;-7
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby AussieDodger » Mon May 19, 2008 12:37 pm

So the law enforcement have so little to do over there, that they ask old people for a lift home and then give them a $2000 fine?
And you still have psychopaths going on killing sprees?


I think you guys need to get your house in order fast, before you become a former superpower. :-t
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby knapplc » Mon May 19, 2008 12:40 pm

Yep, you've diagnosed our problems exactly, Aussie. Just what this country needed, some teenager from nowheresville Australia to fix what ails America. Way to be.
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon May 19, 2008 12:45 pm

knapplc wrote:In the course of my life, I've probably changed 10 tires for people on the roadside. I used to haul furniture at a company in a small town outside of Lincoln, and I took the highway home. I'd be dressed in crummy clothes, sweaty and dirty from my work, and many times I'd see a man or woman dressed in their office clothes with a flat on the side of the road. I pulled over and changed their tire for them. Most of the time they wanted to pay me, most of the time I was able to refuse, but some of them insisted and I took the cash ($5 or $10, but one guy gave me $20).

So, does that make me a criminal? Am I running an "illegal roadside repair service" since I have in my life accepted cash from people for doing them a service? According to authorities in Florida, apparently I am.

And here I just thought I was being a nice guy. Little did I know I was a criminal mastermind! ;-7


reminds me of a time i was working for a drugstore and some lady asked if i could jump her car because AAA said it would be like an hour. i did and she gave me a $20 which i tried to refuse. the best part was i was only making like $5/hr at that job and working maybe 4 hour days after school and a little longer on the weekends, so i pretty much got a days pay for 5 minutes of work
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby AussieDodger » Mon May 19, 2008 12:47 pm

knapplc wrote:Yep, you've diagnosed our problems exactly, Aussie. Just what this country needed, some teenager from nowheresville Australia to fix what ails America. Way to be.


I'm not a teenager.

And what would you suggest kind sir?
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby bigh0rt » Mon May 19, 2008 12:58 pm

knapplc wrote:Yep, you've diagnosed our problems exactly, Aussie. Just what this country needed, some teenager from nowheresville Australia to fix what ails America. Way to be.

Aside from the general tone of your reply, which I'll leave alone, he actually makes sense here. It may be a gross oversimplification, but I don't think it was trying to be more than that.
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby knapplc » Mon May 19, 2008 1:02 pm

bigh0rt wrote:
knapplc wrote:Yep, you've diagnosed our problems exactly, Aussie. Just what this country needed, some teenager from nowheresville Australia to fix what ails America. Way to be.

Aside from the general tone of your reply, which I'll leave alone, he actually makes sense here. It may be a gross oversimplification, but I don't think it was trying to be more than that.

Wow. Thanks. I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight knowing you had an issue with my "tone."

As for the rest of your post, judging by his reply to me, I'm going to go ahead and disagree with that.
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby Amazinz » Mon May 19, 2008 1:27 pm

Who knew illegal taxiing services were such a problem? Undercover stings. Nice. I see potential for a new show on SpikeTV.
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Re: Attack of the Septuagenarian Good Samaritans!!!

Postby Madison » Mon May 19, 2008 5:01 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:
knapplc wrote:In the course of my life, I've probably changed 10 tires for people on the roadside. I used to haul furniture at a company in a small town outside of Lincoln, and I took the highway home. I'd be dressed in crummy clothes, sweaty and dirty from my work, and many times I'd see a man or woman dressed in their office clothes with a flat on the side of the road. I pulled over and changed their tire for them. Most of the time they wanted to pay me, most of the time I was able to refuse, but some of them insisted and I took the cash ($5 or $10, but one guy gave me $20).

So, does that make me a criminal? Am I running an "illegal roadside repair service" since I have in my life accepted cash from people for doing them a service? According to authorities in Florida, apparently I am.

And here I just thought I was being a nice guy. Little did I know I was a criminal mastermind! ;-7


reminds me of a time i was working for a drugstore and some lady asked if i could jump her car because AAA said it would be like an hour. i did and she gave me a $20 which i tried to refuse. the best part was i was only making like $5/hr at that job and working maybe 4 hour days after school and a little longer on the weekends, so i pretty much got a days pay for 5 minutes of work


Kinda the same here. 16 year old stockboy/bagboy in a tiny grocery store at the time. Jumpstarted a customer's car and when she tried to hand me a folded up $20 (I didn't know it was a $20 at the time or I'd have probably taken it O:-) ) and I told her I couldn't take it, she put it in my car on the driver's seat (car door was open) and told me I dropped it.

Needless to say I thought that was cool. :-D So I'm guilty as well of running a repair service, and I did it out of a grocery store as a front! }:-) :-b :-b I'm still not as big of a criminal mastermind as Knapplc is though. So if any police officers read this, go after him, not me!!!!! Hehe. :-b ;-)
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