To say ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ mother Andrea ᴡᴀs ᴅᴏᴡɴ on her luck would be an understatement. When she entered Judge Frank Caprio’s ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛʀᴏᴏᴍ in early 2017, she learned she’d racked up parking tickets for more than a decade that she didn’t even know about. Her tickets totaled approximately $400.
As the judge began asking questions, Andrea began to share about her last year and Judge Caprio learned some information that changed the tone of their conversation.
Andrea told the judge that her son had been ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ less than a year prior. Andrea subsequently ʟᴏsᴛ income in her social security check as the result of money her son owed to the state. Following the ᴄᴜᴛ check, Andrea ᴡᴀs ᴇᴠɪᴄᴛᴇᴅ. This was where her most recent parking tickets had begun to compile.
ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇᴀʀɪɴɢ ʀᴇɢᴀʀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, Andrea returned to her vehicle to find another parking ticket. Knowing she needed helped, she’d visited another office to ᴅɪsᴄᴜss ʟᴇɢᴀʟ ᴀɪᴅ. Upon leaving, she saw yet another parking ticket on her car.
Opening up further, she shared that she was currently ᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴛɪᴅᴇᴘʀᴇssᴀɴᴛs, ʙᴜᴛ sᴛɪʟʟ ғᴇʟᴛ “ᴇᴍᴘᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴏsᴛ.”
“It’s like I can’t win,” Andrea confessed to Judge Caprio on Caught in Providence’s YouTube video. “I don’t know where this money is supposed to come from.”
sᴛɪʟʟ ᴍᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴘᴀʏᴍᴇɴᴛs ᴛᴏᴡᴀʀᴅs her son’s ғᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ ᴇxᴘᴇɴsᴇs, she was trying to pay off her tickets and simultaneously move into new housing.
Upon hearing Andrea’s story and ᴘʀᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴍᴇɴᴛ the judge’s response was one Andrea never could have anticipated. Judge Caprio said “I think we can all express a sympathy to you and understand the ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀ that you have experienced.”
He then told Andrea he was reducing her ғɪɴᴇs to $50. When he asked her how long it would take her to pay the amount, she said she had it on her. However, Judge Caprio pressed further.
ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ paying would leave her with only $5, he said, “I’m not going to leave you with $5.”
What he did next had this mother ᴡᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ ᴛᴇᴀʀs of gratitude.
Check it out in the emotional video below: