A disabled 37-year old man experienced the real-life meaning of the adage “No good deed goes unpunished” on Wednesday, after he offered to help pay for the meal of someone who was short on cash at a restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.
Joseph Molohon – who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and HIV – had just picked up $1000 in social security money on Monday. While at Texas Chicken and Burgers, he overhead some men complaining that they were missing a few dollars to pay for their meal, so he offered to spot them some cash.
“I help everybody. I help people with cigarettes. If they ask me for money, I’ll give them a dollar or two. I’m a really nice person. I’m a country boy,” the Illinois native said.
But he didn’t receive any thanks for his kind gesture, as one of the men approached him and went “ballistic” asking Joseph why he was talking to them. The thug then grabbed his cane and began beating him with it. Before he knew it, he was on the floor being kicked, punched, and struck with his own cane, while another man rifled through his pockets looking for money.
The entire disturbing incident was caught on video.
According to New York Post, Molohon said his injuries included a gash on his head and a fractured left cheekbone. He’s also afraid to leave his apartment as all but one of the attackers were still at large.
“It was really nasty what they did to me. They didn’t have to do anything of that nature to me,” he said. “If they didn’t want the money, OK, fine. That would have been that. Why did you have to beat me up? What was the reason for that?”
Kariem Roberts, 21, turned himself in on Thursday and was charged with robbery, gang assault and menacing. Police are still searching for the other suspects.