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Portrait of the tourist as a broke man. (via)

I don't really like it when people say, "No good deed goes unpunished." I think it's both defeatist and a lazy way to look at the circumstances of life. That's why I won't be making any reference to the phrase as I recount this story of an American tourist who had all of his possessions stolen from him after jumping into the River Liffey to rescue a drowning Dubliner. You have my word on it.

Granted, if I were ever going to use that old adage concerning good deeds and unjust punishment, I can't imagine a better scenario for it. I mean, the idea of a trained lifeguard from Nebraska leaving all his money and valuables on a river bank so that he can jump into the dirty, filthy water that courses through a city he had only just entered a few hours earlier would certainly constitute a 'good deed.' Just as the notion of having his wallet and smartphone taken by some shameless opportunistic douchebag while he was busy splashing around saving a man's life would easily absolve him from any claims of having his actions 'unpunished.'

Sources: The Independent | h/t Death & Taxes