Monday, July 11, 2011
what would you do?
Yesterday while driving the last leg of our journey home, we stopped at a rest stop and hubby went to the restroom. I was feeding Bella on the tailgate of the truck and a young man approached. There were plenty of people nearby and I did notice he seemed to be going from car to car. He approached me and apologized for doing so, but he seemed very nice and safe. (I did realize later on, that this could have been a dangerous meeting, but somehow I never felt that at the time) He said he was so embarrassed...
He explained that he and his fiance had been robbed, they had his wallet and all ID in her bag with her items, he quickly spoke of a police report and contacting his dad to wire money, but they had no ID to do that. Anyway...his words all blended together and I did feel a bit uncomfortable, half listening as Bella was unleashed and done eating...trying to keep her from barking her head off at a stranger, she never even seemed to notice him. In the end he asked if I could do anything to help them, if not, he asked that I say a prayer for them... I knew immediately I would give him some money, I did.
Steve came back and asked what that was about, he saw him standing by me on his way back to the truck. I told him, he asked what I did, I told him, he said good! He would have done the same.
Now if this man was scamming me, then shame on him. But he seemed to be genuine and lets face it, I had the extra money to give him. I was not going to miss the 20.00...really...and if it helped these two strangers to get to their destination, then I see this as an act of kindness.
Now the anxious part of me did think later on, we were parked a bit further out then the other cars, in the dog walking section...(there were still plenty of people close) but as I went to the back seat, and got my wallet, he easily could have grabbed the whole thing. I was holding Bella as well and this would have been a good set up for a robbery of my own. See my meaning? But in the moment, I only felt compassion...and went with my heart.
So, tell me...what would YOU have done?