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Published:February 26th, 2009 09:45 EST
Help Old Lady Cross The Street At Your Peril

Help Old Lady Cross The Street At Your Peril

By Robert Paul Reyes

File this article under "No good deed goes unpunished":

"A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.

Family members said 58-year-old bus driver Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night." The Associated Press

The bad guy in this incident isn`t the cop who gave the good Samaritan a ticket, but the two old ladies who jaywalked across a busy street in a snowstorm.

The elderly think that traffic laws don`t apply to them, they drive twenty miles under the speed limit. They cross the street anywhere, and expect that traffic will automatically stop for them. They don`t fear a semi barreling toward them as they jaywalk, they think they`re impervious to the laws of physics.

Jim Moffett may be a kind and caring man, but he`s also an idiot. If you help a couple of old ladies jaywallk across the street, don`t complain when you end up in the hospital with bleeding in the brain, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen.

If I see two old birds jaywalking in a blinding snowstorm, I won`t help them cross the street. I will seek cover so I won`t be hit in by an old lady who`s been sent airborne by a speeding truck.