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Yesterday we published an article outing the guy who parked in a handicapped spot in Providence, preventing former boxer Gary Balletto from accessing his minivan.
Then we got this email today:
Dear Turtle boy, Everybody makes mistakes, and a few days ago, I made a big one when I parked my vehicle in a yellow-lined handicapped-access area. Unfortunately, my negligent action caused Mr. Gary Balletto and his family a great deal of inconvenience, and for that, I am truly and deeply sorry.
Since the incident, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to offer my most sincere apologies to Mr. Balletto directly. True to his reputation as a gentleman, Gary graciously accepted my regrets, and we engaged in a very fruitful and amicable conversation. Gary educated me about the importance of those yellow-lined areas, and that their abuse and disregard is just one of the many struggles that the handicapped in our communities face each day. While he is no longer a fighter in the boxing ring, after discussing the great work of “The Gary “Tiger” Balletto Foundation” and all the charitable work he facilitates, it is clear that he is now a champion for the support of disabled people everywhere.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to speak with “The Tiger” himself, and we are happy to announce that we intend to turn this once-negative incident into something positive. We have plans to work together to raise handicapped awareness, and I will personally be making contributions and joining in the fundraising efforts for the amazing handicapped adaptive gym that Gary is developing, which will be an awesome resource for those disabled in our area.
In spite of my remorse, I am thankful for this eye-opening experience because it has helped me to learn and grow. I make no excuses for my poor judgement, but I can vow that I will certainly never make this terrible mistake again. Gary and I hope that others will also take away valuable knowledge and awareness from this incident and that they might also consider donating to his worthy causes and spreading positive energy and awareness.
I am deeply remorseful Turtleboy, I am hopeful that you will accept my apologies and help me to get my statement out. This incident has been a very difficult one for me. The very unfortunate part of this is how many people that have been negatively impacted by my actions. Gary, my family & co-workers.
Sincerely, Paul Mallari
What more can you ask for? It’s Christmas time folks. Forgiveness is one of the most important things we can do as human beings. This email is sincere, he’s made amends, and the guy who was hurt by his actions is OK with it so everyone else should be too.
A lot of people think the goal of Turtleboy is to ruin people’s lives. It’s not. We’re not mean people, and we’re not malicious. We just want to make the world a better place. Don’t get me wrong, we greatly enjoy shaming certain people, particularly those who never admit they did anything wrong, and decide to go the Attorney Richard N. Vulva route instead. But we do it with the goal that it will deter other people from acting a fool in the future, and perhaps get the people featured in the blogs to realize that they fucked up too. I you come to us like this, and you’re sincere, we will not only credit you for that, but we will take the blog we wrote about you down as well, which we just did without him even asking to have it taken down. People change, and if they change for the better they should be able to start fresh without the Google machine haunting them the rest of their lives.
Providence is the home of happy endings for a reason.