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OH Man Helps Panhandler, Gets Ticket

“No good deed goes unpunished.”  That’s the lesson one Ohio man is learning the hard way after getting a hefty fine for trying to help a homeless man.

FOX News Radio’s Chris Hoenig has the story:

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John Davis, pleading not guilty Tuesday to a littering ticket, a summons he received for giving a panhandler in a wheelchair $2 alongside a Cleveland highway.

(Davis) “He touched it, it hit the ground.  At that point, he bent over and he picked it up.”

Seconds later, Davis – whose paralyzed brother uses a wheelchair – was pulled over.

(Davis) “Proceeds to tell me that he’s pulling me over for littering.  I said, ‘Are you serious?’  He said, ‘I’m darn serious.'”

Soliciting or giving money on the side of the road is illegal in Cleveland, but the fine for that is $160.  Davis’s littering fine: $344.

Police, simply saying Davis broke the law, but not disclosing why the officer wrote the higher fine.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.

CLICK HERE for more on this story from Cleveland’s fox8.com.




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