Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Question of the Day

I was approached in the Kroger parking lot Saturday by a well dressed lady in her late 50's. 

She told me she had come to town, forgotten her wallet at home & was out of gas.

 She said her husband was out of town,

 that she needed enough gas to get back to Caldwell (a nearby town)

 & asked me if I could help her.

What would you have done?


  1. That is a hard one. I have so many mixed feelings on this. I have played it over in my mind a few times and the best I can come up with is either

    A. Tell her I am sorry I don't have any cash on me (Which would most likely be true as I neve carry cash)

    B. Tell her that I will follow her to the gas station and offer to have her pump $10 worth of gas and then pay for it myself. That would be enough to get her home.

    Something about the scenario just doesn't sound right. If she lived in a nearby town, couldn't she call a friend to come and help her out?


  2. Had I not heard this exact same scenario from a friend (Walgreens, in Bryan), I might have offered to put gas in her car for her. I definitely would not give her cash. However, the friend that had this happen actually called the police and they knew about the woman... so sad that this is the world we live in, isn't it?

  3. I had this happen to me while I was at an ATM on Briarcrest a few years ago. Because there were many grocery stores and gas stations around I decided that it was too fishy for her to be asking at the ATM and I told the woman I couldn't afford to. She became rather angry at me and I basically had to roll up my window and just drive away. I didn't call the police, but I probably should have.

  4. As much as I try to accept what people say as the truth, that's not the reality of the world in which we live. I would have told her that I couldn't help her. Perhaps my callousness comes from running into people like this every week around here. It's amazing just how many people "forgot" their wallets and need gas. There's a forgetful epidemic going around.

  5. I would have given her whatever cash I had. I don't carry large amounts of money - usually just enough for lunch $5 or $10. I know I have been suckered before but I would still do it.

  6. I mostly think that being suckered is better than actually saying no to someone who really needs it. But I think the offer to pay for $10 of gas would be the wise choice.
    I think the sad thing is that most people would say no......because of the scam artists, which makes the person who REALLY needs help asking to deaf ears.