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Old 04-28-2010, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Passerbys who obviously ignore someone in dire need.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:09 AM
 
Location: I never said I was perfect so no refunds here sorry!
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or just as bad are the rubber neckers who clog everything up and do absolutely nothing but cause further confusion....
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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I wonder how many times I didn't help someone in need. Sad commentary on how we let our fears dictate to simply do nothing for a fellow human being. I am just as guilty as the next guy though.

I often ignore the people on the off ramps holding signs (panhandlers), because I can never tell if they just panhandle to get booze or whatever. Same for hitchhikers walking along the interstate.

But around here, Natives frequently hitchhike between small towns and we always pick them up. Kind of a local thing.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I would at least call 911 for help.

Our world is not like it used to be. It can be a scary place and a lot of scammers are out there and it makes it really hard to trust people.

I remember a man once rescued a person from their car which was on fire. Later on that man got sued from him because of some injuries. Many people would be grateful for the help and so many others will twist it or not be grateful at all. It might even bite you in the butt if you try and help
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:20 AM
 
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I haven't witnessed this but I know it does happen.

I would also call 911. The world is full of scammers and it's so hard to trust.

Sienfeld had a episode last night when the 4 of them just watched a heavy set man get mugged. It's the one where they all went to jail for year cuz they disobeyed the good samaritan law.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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yeah, lacey this is very peevish, but sad. This may make me cry... LOL sorry I just left the crying thread. I guess I am still a bit emotional.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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In this day and age when almost everyone carrys a cell phone there is no excuse for not calling 911 at the very least.

I remember one time I was at a casino and a person had either passed out or died and was on the floor and people were literally reaching past this person to use their machine...that is sick. I will never forget that.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:16 AM
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I agree crazy. Just make the call on the cell & wait until the police arrive..

A few years ago an older couple was driving from Florida with their car packed with Christmas presents for their family on Long Island. They disappeared without a trace.

Their family hired private detectives & it seemed someone called the police to report a car going off the highway into a river. But the people who called didn't stay & the police saw no car..

Took the private detectives, months later, to find the car with the couple in it, in the water..

You have to stay until the police arrive...
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Ironically this brings back a memory, back in Az where I was driving down some desolate road and happened to notice an overturned car about 50 ft or so off the road, in the desert. Something told me to stop and check things out, sure enough that car was still running, even upside down. After scouting around a few moments I found the driver just laying out on some thorney bushes so of course ran back to my truck and got a sheet to cover her and keep her comfortable, along with a water bottle. By that time a couple of other cars had stopped to see what happened so we stayed with her till the medics got there, I wasn't exactly sure where we were because it was the middle of nowhere but thankfully, at that time, T Mobile has one of those services where if you needed any roadside heal they can track you down right to exactly where you were so the medics ans police were there within moments. She couldn't recall how long she was there and a couple of us went to make sure there was no one else in her car, such as kiods still strapped in baby seats, but thankfully she was solo. Made me feel pretty good that something had told me to stop that day though.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panam√°
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Unheard of in my neck of the woods. I've had 6 guys with machetes in the back of my truck before giving them a lift up the hill and was the safest woman on the road. Though I do remember from before I moved people would use it as a ruse to harm the person who stops. Heck coudn't even flash your lights at someone to tell them their brights were on. Best thing there is to use that handy cell to call 911 for them (as some people actually don't have cell phones or maybe were in a hurry and forgot it). If they drive off real fast when they see you calling, well, I guess that's a good indicator of their intentions (and do get a license plate number).

What I loved and missed about the 70's and before - you could hitchhike, get a flat tire and a stranger who was not psychotic would stop and help - now it's just plain sad that even if one wants to stop and help they have to think twice.
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