Saturday, July 11, 2009

Buddy, can you spare a dime for Tom Brady?

Dennis Paiva, who lifted -- he says mistakenly -- two flower boxes worth $8,000 from Tom Brady, panhandles on a Boston street in order to repay the football star.

A 61-year-old ex-con, who was arrested for taking two Belgian flower boxes worth $8,000 from Tom Brady, is now on the street panhandling to repay the New England Patriots quarterback.

Dennis Paiva of Malden, who claims the whole thing is a big misunderstanding, spends his days begging on the street after a Boston Municipal Court judge ordered him to pay $4,000 restitution to Brady’s realty trust.

The QB, by the way, will earn some $30 million this year in salary and endorsements.

Paiva, who worked as a trash picker, found two stainless steel metal containers behind a garage next to the trash in the ritzy Back Bay neighborhoods. He took the planters to a scrapyard and collected $450. Then he got a call from a Boston police detective.

He accepted a plea deal, including $4,000 restitution, that would dismiss the charges if he stayed out of trouble for a year. Paiva, with a prior conviction for bank robbery, didn’t want to take his chances at a trial.

Read the Boston Herald story here.

Hey, Tom, why don't you give the guy a break?


At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy accepted the deal. Who knows how much of his story is true. He didn't know the things he lifted were worth more than 10 times what he sold them for? Maybe next time he takes his car, after all it was right by the curb.
If the story could be accepted at face value but how is it that we all think someone else should do something that we are not likely to do?

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