On Thursday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to explain a situation in which Cleveland clearly did not rock.
Introducing the audience to a compassionate commuter, Morgan tells the story of John Davis, a man pulled over, and hit with an extremely silly citation, after hoping to aid the handicapped homeless:
"This is a photograph of the paralyzed panhandler that Mr. Davis saw," demonstrated the host. "He wanted to help him. So he pulled out a couple of dollars to make that man's day just go a little better than it was."
Attempting to reach out through his car window to pass along his donation, Davis inadvertently allowed the money to drop to the ground:
"Watching Mr. Davis' generosity was a police officer," explained Morgan. "You might think he would thank him for this laudable exercise. But no, you'd be wrong."
As Davis reveals in a local television interview, the cop cited him. The offense? Littering.
"That's right. Mr. Davis was charged with littering because he tossed a couple of bucks at a needy disabled man," said the host. "A couple of bucks that might now cost him a fine of 500 dollars."
It was only Davis' luck that his handout was witnessed by an officer strictly adhering to the letter of the law.
Perceived to be in violation of Section No 613.06 of Cleveland's Municipal Codes, Davis' dollar drop was written up as "throwing paper out of window...money to panhandler."
The city's PD has had nothing to say thus far. Morgan however, is not one to hold his tongue:
"Allow me to comment for them," he began. "This was a ridiculous incident that shames all decent police officers in America."
In an effort to help even out the Cleveland karma, "Only in America" will a British presenter reach into his own pocked:
"As for Mr. Davis – who now knows the full meaning of that phrase 'no good deed goes unpunished' – you keep donating your dollars to the needy in Cleveland. And I'll pay your fines."
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