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No good deed goes unpunished, and Colorado resident Jesus Rivera understands this better than most after becoming a car-theft victim, a crime which left him without a truck and continuing legal troubles.

Rivera witnessed an accident over a year ago while driving near Denver. A man had rolled his car on an interstate and Rivera immediately pulled over to help. After saving the bloodied driver from the upside-down car, Rivera went to find the children the man said were in the back seat. But there were no children in the car, and when Rivera turned around, the driver he just rescued had stolen his truck.

"I don't regret it. I would do it again," Rivera told Colorado 9 News.

When his story came to light there was an outpouring of support for Rivera. Viewers helped him buy a new truck and fill it with tools that were also stolen in the incident. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of the problems for Jesus Rivera. Ten days after the truck was stolen, the crook wracked up $520 in parking tickets -- Rivera was now liable to pay.

He had to prove the tickets were issued while someone else was driving his vehicle, but Adams County didn't have a record of his case. Luckily the state police did have a record and he won't be responsible for the additional costs.

Even after the hassle and problems, Rivera told Colorado 9 News that he wouldn't think twice about stopping and helping someone again.



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      Richie
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great upstanding citizen. Don't let the low life users ruin who you are. Always stay true to yourself and that alone will help maintain the human race to some form of compassion and above our animal instinct just to survive. From my understanding of readings, that's what usually seperates us from other animals. Let the people who squawk and question what is the right thing to do or if they should even bother ruin humanity. We need more caring people in this world. It's really a shame when you can trust dogs more than other human beings to comfort and help you in troubled times. God bless you Mr. Rivera.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just need to have a judge toss out those fines !!
      unshy13
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, I understand he did a good thing. I'm glad people like him are around. But why did people feel the need to buy this man a new truck and tools? For crying outloud people that's why we carry insurance. What about the hundreds of good deeds people do all the time and get nothing for it. Even if they are truely not looking for anything for it. I'm am happy he doesn't have to pay these fines but the rest of it, is a bit too much for me. If people really carred they would start helping with real problems like the amount of orphaned children we have in America, or start giving more money to schools, or any one of a million issues. I'm glad things worked out for the guy, I really am. But sometimes, life happens, and people could do more than what they do.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @unshy13
        I do understand the insurance situation but, really? Come on... It's good to know even there are people out there to help others in need period. He may have not have to money to cover the extra cost on the deductible let alone the tools stolen for work!!! Further more as for the orphaned children, there are so many out there turned away from adopting kids for petty little things. Which encourage future parents to go abroad and adopt out of the country. As far as schools well there are several means of support there, it's just that I'm sure the superintendent is spending to much on frippery!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @unshy13
        So you're glad people like him are around, but you fault others for contributing a few bucks to help him out? Insurance would not cover the entire value of what was stolen from him and to say others shouldn't have helped him the way he stopped and tried to help this man is just one of the reasons my faith in humanity has greatly diminished.
      dkp50
      • 1 Year Ago
      Geech, you meant the System works And the State People are Human Beinings? NO- Tell Me it isn'tso! And They didn't Discriminate against a Mexican? What's Next?
      hi bev
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is just another non-story by huffpost. First of all, it was a truck that was stolen not a car. He got a free truck and tools out of it so that was a good thing others did for him. He reported the truck stolen so anything after that doesnt go against him and it was easy to prove. So, where is the story THERE ISN'T ONE.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This wasn't 'news' but a report of a lapse by the parking department. All Rivera had to do was reply with a police report of his stolen vehicle and the parking agency would know any tickets issued after that date/time were not his responsibility. Happens all the time.... muy bien gracias.
      wiredfld
      • 1 Year Ago
      way back when I was in high school my car was stolen in E. lansing MI, I found it 3months latter when I recieved A notice from the city of Lansing for unpayed parking tickets, towing charges and storage fee's
      mlfertig
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Ten days after the truck was stolen, the crook wracked up $520 in parking tickets" Great Police Department Parking Enforcement Officer. He/she kept putting ticket after ticket on the same vehicle , but obviously never bothered to run the plates which would have shown the office it was a STOLEN vehicle. I guess the parking fines are more important to the town / county than taking a minute to run plates before issuing a parking ticket. With the hand held computers most carry, this would be very easy to do. Too many towns rely on substantial numbers of parking fticekts and the fines to balance the towns budget. Fro example, a nearby coastal and very touristy town in S Fl earns about 30% of their annual budget from parking fines..
      f4180
      • 1 Year Ago
      any description of the perp ?
      peterz95
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, post 9/11, LEO are still not talking to each other? That ticket writer doesn't run the plates when writing citation? That department doesn't do a batch search of stolen/BOLO plates/cars? Wonderful. But, they'll grab your guns and certainly never miss an opportunity for revenue generation thru law enforcement.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW, NOT TEXAS OR FLORIDA, SUPRISING, NOW WE CAN ADD COLORADO TO THE WEEKS MOST STUPID LIST.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        Don’t forget to add NYC to the list for showing up one day and placing no parking signs on a street which previously allowed parking than 25 minutes later issuing tickets to the cars parked on it.
      palmersp
      • 1 Year Ago
      You need someone who can spell, or at least a competent spell-checker. The word is "racked," not "wracked."
        Tyrone
        • 1 Year Ago
        @palmersp
        If that's all you can find is one misspell word to talk about, that's really sad.
        edjjo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @palmersp
        palmersp, you are a moron!!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @palmersp
        Hey, get a life!
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