Steven Broiles, a longtime Fellowship of the Minds reader, eloquent and always-thoughtful commenter, needs our help.
Steven is a former New York school teacher who has been making a living by driving a taxi/Uber. He is falsely accused of and was arrested for assaulting a drunken female passenger.
This is what he wrote on GoFundMe:
As an Uber and Lyft driver in New York City, I work hard to keep a roof over my head and pay for the car I’m driving. Well, hard times are upon me: A passenger in my car falsely accused me of assault, and on Fri., Oct. 5th, I was arrested on what they call a DAT—a desk appearance ticket. The charge was “Assault level 3”—a misdemeanor. This lady said I grabbed her by the arm and removed her from the car. I never laid a finger on her; She left the car of her own free will. There was a witness in the car, and I am trying to locate her. I was released on my own recognizance. My court date is Nov. 7th.
I never laid one finger on this very intoxicated lady, and I am entitled to a date in court. However, New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has suspended my license until the matter is resolved. This happened Wed., Oct. 10th. As a result, I am not able to drive and earn an income. I spoke to a supervisor at the TLC, and they no longer take bonds for such cases. In effect, I have been denied the presumption of innocence. I have not been convicted of anything—and I know I didn’t do anything! Yet I cannot drive!
This has really knocked the wind out of me, and now everything seems to be coming down: Not only is the bank telling me they will repossess the car, but my landlord has told me he will move to evict!
I have worked very hard over the years and I have tried to build a life for myself. I enjoy my work and have received hundreds of compliments over the years. I look forward to working online from home, which will give me some lee-way so I won’t have to drive as much anymore. That is a project that will have to wait.
In the meantime, if you would please donate what you can to my Go Fund Me campaign, I would be most grateful in getting back on my feet. Thank You so much and God Bless You.
In the meantime, Steven is actively working on helping himself by:
- Going to the TLC and his insurance broker.
- Calling lawyers.
- Signing up to deliver for Uber Eats.
We are told by Jesus Christ our Lord to love our neighbors, and to be good Samaritans to someone in need.
I believe Steven Broiles. He is in desperate need, now out of a job because of the arrest and false accusation. He has set up a GoFundMe page for donations, with a goal of $5,000.
Please be generous. Even a donation of $1 or $5 helps.
To donate, click here.
Thank you, and God bless you for your kindness.