No good deed goes unpunished

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No good deed goes unpunished is an age-old expressions (mistakenly attributed by WikiAnswers to Clare Boothe Luce[1] probably because its Wikipedia article appears on Google search as the first result) with a cinical underlining, representing possible bad outcomes after an attempt or a successful rescue or help to a person.

On October 13, 2009, Romanian doctor from Galaţi, Bacalbaşa, refering to a case in the 5 o'clock news on Pro TV, where a man tried to help his friend who was beaten up and ended up being a lot more hurt than the one he tried to help. The man, however, said he did not regret his actions.

In law, the Good Samaritan Law (most proeminent in the Flag of the United States.svg United States) intends protecting from liability those who choose to aid others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.[2]

In popular culture

  • In the Nicholas Cage feature movie "Next", the expression is a recurring theme for the plot, being said twice by the anti-villain, in one case when Cage's character decides to implicate himself in stopping a murder and being chased by the police for this, and in the latter when actually rescuing his pursuer.
  • According to Urban Dictionary, "hangover" fits with the expression.[3]


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