WILLIAMSBURG (VosIzNeias) — A Chaveirim member who recently helped change the tire on a stranded vehicle in Williamsburg was given an unwelcome reward for his efforts. The reward came in the form of a $115 fine.
When the Chaveirim member pulled up to the scene, he left his car parked behind the white van that needed it’s flat tire changed. As it turned out, the area behind the van was a no standing zone.
While it certainly isn’t legal to park in a no standing zone, it should be clear to all that helping a stranded vehicle on the road should not be the opportune time for writing a traffic summons.
This obvious understanding escaped the traffic agent passing by however, as he grabbed the opportunity to write out a $115 ticket to the Chaveirim member.
“Look what we’re doing. Trying to help people and you’re writing a summons?” said Chaveirim leader Aron Kohn. “A slap on your face!”
Chaveirim responds to tens of thousands of calls for help each year.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch took up the cause slamming the traffic agent on Twitter.
“Hey – maybe the Chaverim volunteer could have used some help changing the tire, instead of a $115 fine for aiding someone in need,” he wrote.
Two separate acts of kindness today in Brooklyn to help stranded motorists, but only one resulted in a summons for the Good Samaritan.
— Councilman Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) November 5, 2019
“We expect more from government,” City Councilman Chaim Deutsch told Jessica Layton of CBS2. “When I try to reach out to the traffic department it’s like pulling teeth.”
Deutsch has offered to write a letter in support of the volunteer based on his defense when he goes to fight the ticket.
The NYPD thus far has declined to offer any meaningful comment on the incident, only that the matter is “under review.”