Kindness Is A Crime
On Thursday, November 16, 2000 a friend of mine had a most bizarre experience. As he was leaving his building at 8:30 a.m. to go to work, he met a building security guard also leaving the building. The guard was rushing because he was late to make a subway connection for his second job. My friend offered him a ride because he was early, and usually stopped for coffee and a donut. He offered so that the guard would not miss his connections. When they reached the subway station, the grateful guard jumped out, tossed three dollars on the seat to my friend and said, "Coffees on me today, thanks."
Promptly four policemen approached the car, two on each side of the car and asked both men if money had just exchanged hands. Both men explained the circumstances of the situation. Result? My friend’s car was impounded and he was issued two citations, one for driving an unlicensed taxi and a second for driving without a cab drivers license.
Audrey Pheffer’s office was contacted for help in this affair. Outrage was expressed and help promised, until two days later when everything seemed to brush under the rug by Ms. Pheffer’s office.
Here two working men are targeted by four police on a ridiculous charge. Since when have courtesy and good neighborliness become criminal acts in the Rockaways? Maybe we do need Al Stabile for Borough President.
MARGARET C. KUGEL