I never really bargained for so many readers taking Kathleen Rangel’s story to heart.
But they did. She has her car back, and perhaps a little dignity as well.
Last week I wrote about Rangel’s encounter with Alhambra’s version of The Tin Man, a motorcycle cop with no heart.
The tin man pulled over Rangel, 46, of Beaumont, and her family when they were on their way to church to pray for a sick pastor.
Because Rangel’s tags were expired, the tin man decided to have her car towed and impounded. That came after Rangel explained that she lost her home and job and was struggling to make ends meet.
Several of you wrote me, a few others called.
Everyone wanted to lend a helping hand to a woman and her family who had fallen on desperate circumstances in the hardest of times since the Great Depression.
Eventually an anonymous angel came forward and took care of Rangel’s fines, impound fees, DMV registration and city processing charges.
“The Lord worked out some amazing things,” Rangel said Wednesday. “It was the right timing. It encouraged me to know there are so many people out there who care.”
Rangel said the DMV also found a way to lower her registration fee. Instead of $400, the DMV only required a payment of $266 to update the license on her 2004 Chrysler Sebring.
“That was just amazing,” Rangel said.
As for the tin man, his bosses, and the politicians in Alhambra, none have contacted Rangel.
Of course, as Alhambra Police Lt. Elliot Kase noted last week, the ticket was a matter of officer discretion. And the brass stands behind the black-and-white decision of its tin man.
That’s OK with Rangel, her husband and 9-year-old son.
“We’re just really touched especially with everything that’s happening in the world, with the economy so bad and so many people hurting,” she said. “People need to hear good news.”
Since I’m following up on things today, I should thank all of you who offered to take me to a shooting range.
Several weeks ago, I wrote about going to a gun range in La Puente with the hopes of popping off a couple of caps at lunch.
I was turned away because I was alone. Apparently it’s a gun range policy designed to discourage suicidal nuts.
I have yet to return, but in the meantime I picked up a Remington Model 700 SPS rifle that I plan to take out sometime in the near future.
It’s a really beautiful firearm and according to Remington’s Web site, “the Model 700 SPS offers the unrivaled out-of-the-box accuracy and high-end performance you’ve come to expect from America’s most popular bolt-action centerfire rifle.”
See you at the range.