• Aug 23rd 2012 at 5:42PM
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We all have been there. We hear of a terrible incident, something that angers us. It is often a real injustice dealt to someone. Maybe it's a victim of a senseless crime.

New Zealand retired business man Peter Molan was feeling the frustration after reading how thieves had stolen the car of a widower of modest means while he was visiting his beloved wife's grave. "I just sat back and thought about it for a while," he told TVNZ. "And then I thought, 'No, bugger it. I have to do something.'"

Molan, retired owner of a trucking company, didn't organize a fund-raising drive. He just offered the victim of the crime, Alex Tairoa, a reliable used car, a Ford Laser (like the one pictured), so he will have transportation to get to and from the cemetery.

The car has new tires and just 62,000 kilometers on the odometer. Tairoa, a 77-year old grandfather and retired slaughter-house worker, was stunned at the kindness of a stranger.

"It's incredible, I got such a shock," Tairoa told TVNZ.

How did the crime take place? The widower left his keys in the ignition while he was visiting his wife's grave just twenty meters away. When he heard a door shut, he turned around to see the thief driving away his Mazda 626.

Police in New Zealand, as well as in the U.S., say that cemeteries have become a favorite target of car thieves. Thieves realize that visitors to cemeteries typically have their guard down. Cemeteries always seem like safe environments where people are respectful of one another's grief and privacy. But the crooks have another idea.

The tip to avoid this tragedy and hassle is easy. Treat a cemetery like any other parking space. Even if you are going to be within fifty meters of the car, lock it up.

Do you know what the Top 10 most stolen cars in the U.S. are? Check out our gallery here and see if your car is on the list.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      To: New York Department of Education From: Rich "Notorious" Mercurio - A.K.A. Alpha and Omega - A.K.A. Batman Date: August 23rd, 2012 Via: Internet Subject: The TERMINATION of TODD SPRING - Director at MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL To whom it may concern: I, Rich Mercurio was TRANSFERED from MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL to Clinton Crossinigs to receive DIALYSIS WITHOUT my knowing or concent. I have AVASCULAR NECROSIS of the left hip. I have CHRONIC left knee pain. I use CRUTCHES, along with public transportation to get to DIALYSIS. This WORM named TODD SPRING transfered me to a place where THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION after I finish DIALYSIS. I made an attempt to get to a bus stop AFTER DIALYSIS, with HIP and KNEE PAIN, on CRUTCHES. After WALKING in PAIN and feeling like PASSING OUT, I was forced to call 911 and go to the hospital. I am DEMANDING that TODD SPRING be TERMINATED I want to point out the STELLAR job that the staff and employees do at the DIALYSIS center at MOMROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. I have been going to MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL for a long time. It is convenient to get to and go home from via public transportation. I am DEMANDING to go back to MONROE COMMUINITY HOSPITAL. Thanks and have a blessed day. Rich "Notorious' Mercurio - A.K.A.- Alpha and Omega A.K.A.- Batman 356 Avenue A., Rochester (Littlle Apple), New York, 14621, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (585) 424-0207 GOOGLE: RAINBOW WARRIORS OF FAITH "FAITH + RESPECT = PEACE" "IN DEO SPERAMUS"
      brachm5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Humans ARE scum.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brachm5
        not all obviously someone stepped in he didn't have to but he did and blessed this man with another vehicle.
      walk1111
      • 3 Years Ago
      The poor man is 77 yrs old and was grieving but yet there are jerks who call him stupid for leaving his keys in the car. Pitiful.
        Karen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @walk1111
        Sorry. I have to agree. When you leave your keys in the ignition,you are just asking for someone to steal it. It's not like he had a moment of grief. He does this on a regular basis. My insurance company won't pay out if my car is stolen if I left the keys in the ignition. The company would say(and they'd be right) that I was irresponsible for leaving the keys in the ignition,and that I did not take proper care to secure the car.And I wouldn't have one argument for them. I wonder how many years he's been leaving the keys in the ignition. It finally caught up with him. I think it's wrong to reward stupidity.I feel bad that he is a "widower of modest means",but that shouldn't garner sympathy for doing something so obviously negligent on his part.Wonder if he'll leave the keys in the donated car.
      Hello JRD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm still trying to figure out why this made "top news on AOL'
      rdz69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice! Gives new meaning to the term "grave robber"!
      Legodaddy57
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see people leaving their cars running when they go into the Seven Eleven or Sheetz. How stupid, leaving keys in car, leaving car running and unlocked, then walking away, going inside the store to get a soda or lottery ticket only to come out and find someone stole your car....duh !!!!!!!!!!!! how stupid. Next time I see it, I may stop, park, shut off my car, take my keys, then, Jump in their car, shut off their car, throw keys up on dash, then get out, lock and shut all the doors....hahahaha go into store get my lottery tickets, come back out and grin at the person standing outside thier car and scratching their head bewildered by seeing their keys locked in their car??? they 'll be inconvenienced by having to call a lock smith to get back in their car, but maybe it will teach them a lesson NOT to leave keys in ignition with car running. And it could have been much worse, it could have been a real thief that jumped in that car and drove off.
        integr8er
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Legodaddy57
        Be vary careful doing so, if it is my car and I come out because I forgot my wallet I will beat you until the cops arrive, then charge you with attempted grand theft if you are still alive.
      xman870096
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a good thing it happened in New Zealand, if it had happened here Obama would be asking her to pay the 'gift tax'...
        shad0w24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xman870096
        This is a story about another country and yet someone has to whine and complain about Obama. Get something better to do with your life.
        Mouse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xman870096
        Take your political faggotry and **** off.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xman870096
        lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xman870096
        The man lost his wife - not the other way around. Re-read the article - it clearly says that "thieves had stolen the car of a widower of modest means while he was visiting his beloved wife's grave."
      • 3 Years Ago
      To: New York Department of Education From: Rich "Notorious" Mercurio - A.K.A. Alpha and Omega - A.K.A. Batman Date: August 23rd, 2012 Via: Internet Subject: The TERMINATION of TODD SPRING - Director at MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL To whom it may concern: I, Rich Mercurio was TRANSFERED from MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL to Clinton Crossinigs to receive DIALYSIS WITHOUT my knowing or concent. I have AVASCULAR NECROSIS of the left hip. I have CHRONIC left knee pain. I use CRUTCHES, along with public transportation to get to DIALYSIS. This WORM named TODD SPRING transfered me to a place where THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION after I finish DIALYSIS. I made an attempt to get to a bus stop AFTER DIALYSIS, with HIP and KNEE PAIN, on CRUTCHES. After WALKING in PAIN and feeling like PASSING OUT, I was forced to call 911 and go to the hospital. I am DEMANDING that TODD SPRING be TERMINATED I want to point out the STELLAR job that the staff and employees do at the DIALYSIS center at MOMROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. I have been going to MONROE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL for a long time. It is convenient to get to and go home from via public transportation. I am DEMANDING to go back to MONROE COMMUINITY HOSPITAL. Thanks and have a blessed day. Rich "Notorious' Mercurio - A.K.A.- Alpha and Omega A.K.A.- Batman 356 Avenue A., Rochester (Littlle Apple), New York, 14621, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (585) 424-0207 GOOGLE: RAINBOW WARRIORS OF FAITH "FAITH + RESPECT = PEACE" "IN DEO SPERAMUS"
      rstrickland
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is great that someone did something so nice for someone in need. Don't fault the man for leaving his keys in the car, prosecute the jerk that stole it. What should be making headlines, though, is how huge corporations are screwing grieving families by how much they charge for funeral and cremation services and cemetery property. That is a real crime! That poor man probably spent more on funeral services than he paid for his car!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rstrickland
        I have to beg to differ. When I lost my daughter due to still birth the funeral home did everything for free for my fiance and I. And the cremation place did it free of charge. Not everyone is out to screw someone else.
          paulsca138
          • 3 Years Ago
          sorry for your lose.I am glad some good people stepped up for you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I lock my car everywhere. Double check it too.
      welcome butch
      • 3 Years Ago
      THERES SOOOOOOOOOO MANY WEALTHY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WORLD THAT COULD HELP THE POOR BUT AS THE SAYING GOES GREED WORKS ,
      soccerbob1152
      • 3 Years Ago
      I lock my car inside the garage, in case my cat or dog want to take it for a spin!!!!!!
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