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Earlier today I outed the liposuction dermatologist who parked in a handicapped spot at the Providence Place Mall, preventing former Cranston boxer Gary Belletto from getting into his minivan.
I said that we’d call off the dogs if he just apologized, because what else can he do? He fucked up, and at Turtleboy Sports we just want people to learn from their mistakes so the world can become a better place. But a big part of that is admitting you did something wrong and making amends. We gave him 48 hours to do it, but he only needed 12:
Former boxing champion Gary “Tiger” Balletto and Cranston native told NBC 10 News the driver of a Jeep that parked in a handicapped spot and blocked access to his adaptive van at the Providence Place Mall has called and apologized. “He was a gentleman,” Balletto said Tuesday. “He apologized sincerely. He understood the inconvenience it caused me and my family.” After speaking, Balletto said he has mutual friends with the Jeep driver and was even at Balletto’s last fight. In addition to the apology, he pledged a donation to the Gary “Tiger” Balletto foundation, which raises money to help people with spinal cord injuries.
“This foundation we started about a year and a half ago and we raised already over $100,000 and we’re building an adaptive gym in Cranston, RI,” said Balletto.
Balletto said he is glad the post has been able to help raise awareness for the handicapped.
I gotta give it to the guy – that’s how you step up when you make a mistake. Not only did he apologize, he also volunteered to make a charitable donation towards Balletto’s foundation, and as a result he learned a valuable lesson and the world is a better place. Perhaps in the future people who would be inclined to park in a handicapped spot would reconsider after reading the blog.
But please, tell me more about how evil Turtleboy is for publicly shaming people. This is the PERFECT example of the good we do for the world by publicly shaming people. It’s not always pretty, but we do it for a reason – to make the world a better place. One ratchet at a time.
If you gave a negative review to the liposuction dermatologist’s company’s work page, we strongly urge you to go back and take it down. Not only because he did the right thing, but because his company has nothing to do with his actions during his private life, and he has three kids and shouldn’t lose his job because he made a bad mistake.