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Pensioner's good Samaritan wants cash back

UPI News Service, 09/29/2005 

A good Samaritan who paid a British woman's tax bill of $94.72 to get her out of jail wants his money back after she questioned his motives.

Sylvia Hardy, 73, was released from jail in Exeter Tuesday after spending one day of her weeklong sentence for refusing to pay her property taxes. An anonymous donor who identified himself only as "Mr. Brown" put up the money, but became angry when he heard Hardy on the radio complaining that she had wanted to serve her whole sentence and that her benefactor might have had "malicious" motives.

Wednesday, the man called the jail to see if he could get his money back, but was refused, The Times of London said.

Hardy said she intended to refuse to pay her most recent property tax increase again this year, and fully expected to go back to jail.

But staff at the Eastwood Prison begged her to reconsider, with one officer saying: "Please don't come back here again. Ever."

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