Oh, Jesus: if only You could sue. From the Associated Press: NYC cabbie mistakenly beaten by good Samaritans.
Police said a cab driver who tried to take a purse from a woman fare beater was beaten by a group of good Samaritans who thought they were seeing a robbery. Police said it happened Saturday morning near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal when four woman[sic], who had been club-going, got into a fight with the cab driver over the fare.
Police say the women left the taxi without paying and the cab driver gave chase, grabbing one of the women’s purses.
That’s when a group of men in a passing car thought they were witnessing a mugging and jumped on the cab driver, beating him and then fleeing the seen [sic].
So, the “good Samaritans” jumped on the guy, beat him, and then fled the scene in their car.
In the version of the good Samaritan story told two thousand years ago by the aforementioned fella, as you may know, a man is also beaten and left at the side of the road. But the people who do this to him are not in that case described as the good Samaritans. The good Samaritan is instead the one who “went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’”
Standards have changed, obviously. (And that includes the spelling standards at the Associated Press.)