1999-11-20 / Columnists

From The G-Man:

In Memory Of "El Viejo"

By Gary Toms

Hey people! I want to create a scenario for you. Let’s say your father, grandfather or uncle, age 80, got up every morning to go to work. He would not call it work because he loved doing it so much. He would make his way down to the local Associated supermarket, and along the way he would greet everyone with a smile and a warm hello. Once he arrived, he would politely ask shoppers if he could help them with their bags of groceries. In exchange, all he would ask for is two to three dollars to drive them to their destination. While in route, he would fill the car with laughter, warmth and love, and the occupants would soon become loyal customers and friends.

One day he goes to work, and he is carrying on in his usual fashion: being kind and courteous to everyone. He notices a shopper in front of the store, and he approaches them to offer his assistance. Suddenly, this car pulls out in front of him, and a man emerges. He appears to be in the age range of 50-55 years old. He is livid, and he starts screaming at the old man. "That is my customer! What the hell do you think you are doing? You cut me off!" The old man tries to explain that he was not aware of this fact, but the man becomes even more enraged. He continues his verbal barrage, and the old man becomes extremely frightened. Within seconds, the old man plunges to the ground while clutching his chest.

People look on in shock and horror, as an elderly man, who happens to be his best friend, tries valiantly to resuscitate him. The ambulance does note arrive until 20 minutes later, and the old man is left to die on the cold Far Rockaway pavement.

This is exactly what happened two weeks ago, and the ass responsible for this just walked away. No charges filed or nothing! I don’t understand this at all. I just found out about this a couple of days ago, and it really upset me because this man was always there to help my girlfriend when I wasn’t able to get there. He always had a piece of candy, and a smile, for her son. People like this are so rare these days, and it sickens me that he had to die in the manner that he did. All because of some insensitive bastard!

I cried when I heard the news, and I’m crying now. If I ever needed the editor of the paper to stand by me, it’s right now because I am going to lay into this no good S.O.B.! I want this murderer to know that he has hurt many people. He has thrusted a family into a world of sorrow and despair, and he has created a huge void in the lives of many people who look for "el viejo" each day.

I hope you are proud of yourself. I went looking for you last week, but friends of "el viejo" said that you were nowhere to be found. You cowardly jackass! I hold you responsible and the damn ambulance that took 20 minutes to get there. This is totally unacceptable, and I’m calling on local and state representatives to look into this matter because no one has lifted a finger to do so yet! Why weren’t charges filed against this piece of feces? Everyone I spoke to said he was a bully and a nasty individual. Where was the ambulance? Twenty minutes? Give me a break! Why didn’t the police have any information on record, regarding this incident, when I asked for their assistance? Come on people, a man is dead! Work with me!

I cannot stress the point enough when I say that I hate the way this wonderful man died. It isn’t fair, but if I can aid in preserving his memory, by writing this article, then perhaps that will serve as some measure of justice. This man could’ve been a relative of yours, and I have no doubt that you would want someone held accountable for such a senseless death.

I know the people in powerful positions will be pissed at me for questioning their actions. Get over it! If you did what you were supposed to do from the beginning, I wouldn’t have to ask you anything. You’d better realize that this isn’t about me.

This one’s for "el viejo". May he rest in peace.

See you next week!

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