timberland waterproof Hillsborough traffic stop leads to act of kindness
“I thought it was the worst day ever,” Perez said. “Me and my son had spent quite some time arguing in the morning, and when I got pulled over all I could think was ‘Awesome, I just got pulled over and here’s a $200 traffic ticket at least.'”
She told Deputy Rizer she and her family had been evicted about a week ago. Making matters worse, she has recently undergone surgery and can’t work.
Her husband works at Home Depot, but he’s having trouble making enough to pay the bills.
Her son, Bernardo, 10, was crying during the traffic stop. He explained that he didn’t want to go to school because his uniform is torn and dirty, and other students tease him about it.
“I was upset because I didn’t have a lot of clothes to go to school,
and some kids at school mess with me about what I wear,” Bernardo said.
“As soon as I walked up to the car and realized it wasn’t a domestic issue, that it was just a mom and a son who was sad, I just went into “Dad mode” I call it, ” said Rizer.
The deputy took the mother’s contact information and promised to call her soon.
He and other deputies got in touch with a Target location in Carrollwood and arranged for Bernardo and his sister, Aryanna, 10, to get new school uniforms, shoes and backpacks. They also bought the family a full tank of gas, and had lunch with Bernardo at school.