Tow company offers to help burned woman with bill
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- After a South Florida woman who was set on fire at a gas station was socked with a huge tow bill, the towing company is trying to set things straight.
A Good Samaritan had stepped up to help Naomie Breton pay the towing bills she accumulated while recovering in the hospital. "You're going to make me cry!" said Breton to the woman.
The Good Samaritan, who wished to remain anonymous, restored Breton's faith as she recovers from emotional and physical scars. "Perfect stranger," said Breton. "She didn't know me."
After the Good Samaritan's gesture brought negative publicity to the tow company, the company has stepped forward to say the are reevaluating their policy. "Today the bill is well over $600, and we have received calls from many people through out the state of Florida who want to pay for her bill, said owner Andrew Zuccala from Zuccala Towing. "We will not take this money."
Zuccala Towing sent the bill to the name on the registration: Naomie Breton. "So when I found out I owed $632, that's coming out of my pocket," she said. "Why? For being set on fire?"
Breton wanted everyone to meet the anonymous woman on Monday who offered to pay for the bill. "Number one, I wanted to say thank you to her because she was the one who was basically there for me," said Breton.
Niki Tate said when she saw the story she knew she had to help Breton. "I was horrified by the story. It hit something inside of me, and I couldn't let it go," said Tate, who admitted she was the Good Samaritan.
Tate's generosity touched many people including the owner of the towing company. "Because of the outpour of the public and people who wanted to pay her bill, that's just not the way it's gonna go out. I'm gonna do it myself I'm giving her car back, and we are good to go," said Zuccala.
Breton suffered burns on 13 percent of her body after her ex-boyfriend Roosevelt Mondesir allegedly set her on fire at a Boynton Beach gas station last Monday. "Its just a shock to me because you always see people turn your backs in a time of need and you basically find the people out there that do really exist," said Breton.
Mondesir remains behind bars facing an attempted first degree murder charge.
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