DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a disabled woman who was allegedly ripped off by a caretaker she hired through Craigslist.
Jeremy Smythe made Patrice Mason’s holidays a little brighter by replacing the TV that was stolen from her apartment in Downtown L.A.
“We saw your story on the news. We wanted to come by and help make part of your situation right,” Smythe said.
Smythe is the CEO of A Caring Heart Home Care, which services the disabled and elderly. He said people like Mason, on a tight budget, shouldn’t have to risk their safety for good care.
“Our motto is providing home care from the heart,” Smythe said.
Mason, who is confined to a wheelchair and legally blind, said she recently returned home after spending 14 months in the hospital. She realized that she was unable to perform everyday activities on her own and posted an ad on Craigslist for a caretaker.
A woman who said her name was Jasmine answered and told Mason she had home care experience. Mason said Jasmine brought her boyfriend to the apartment to help lift her out of bed.
“I mean, it was a total disaster,” Mason said.
Mason fired Jasmine after four days, but, before the caretaker walked out, she and another person allegedly nabbed her TV and Mac Mini computer while Mason lay helpless in bed. Security camera footage outside the apartment allegedly captured the whole thing.
“They were going for the weakest link and taking advantage of it,” Mason said.
“It’s sad to say but we see it so many times,” said Smythe, who advised people against hiring a caretaker over Craigslist.
Now, Jeremy and another Good Samaritan are working on getting Mason a new computer so she can focus again on her life’s work; the computer that was stolen contained years of her art and poetry.
“When I go to do something I remember, Oh, that’s gone, that’s gone, that’s gone,” Mason said.
She said she’s so grateful for the kindness of strangers.
“I know most people really have good hearts,” Mason said.