Tuesday, April 20, 2010
what happened to the good samaritan??
Seriously. What happened to honestly trying to do something for someone else with no strings attached??!?!?!?!? The neighborhood I live in is like freaking Mayberry, no joke! Everyone waves, and EVERYONE is working out in their yards when it's warm. There's no "trashy" house. You know the house everyone gripes about who doesn't cut their grass and what not. Nope, not in my neighborhood. Every lawn is manicured and most are landscaped. The kids are outside riding their bikes, playing football, or doing kid stuff whatever that is. The neighborhood people all wave, it's quiet, runners running the hills, and all the things a "great" neighborhood entails. So, on Friday, I get a message from my old roommate whom lives on the South side of our town. It said, "Do you live near _________. I got a cyber alert and there was a r*ape on that street." First of all, I had no idea what the heck a cyber alert is and yeah, that is my freaking street. I live on this street. I immediately text her not wanting all of FB to know my biz, and was like I live on that street. She said that you can sign up on the city's police website to receive emails when crime happens in your area including the burbs where we live. I immediately signed up. I got an email, and it showed that a forcible r*ape happened on my street last Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Ummm, yeah, it's still light at 7:30, and often, I go running at this time. It doesn't give the exact address only the block. My street isn't that long; so, it could have happened anywhere my eye can see. Also, it doesn't give the details either, but it will state whether or not someone has been arrested for it. It freaking scared the bejeezus out of me. So, as I was about to turn on my street, as any good Samaritan would, I stopped a woman who was running. I explained to her that I lived on the street and had received the cyber alert and told her about the incident. I explained it didn't give any details, but, as a woman myself, who goes running at that time I just wanted her to be aware of her surroundings and have her guard up in case it wasn't something domestic. Because let's face it, if my old roommate hadn't messaged me, I'd go on thinking everything was hunky-dory and that crime just "doesn't happen" in my neighborhood. This woman kind of seemed slightly offended I had stopped her run and while she said thank you and said OMGs, she parted with "Thanks for freaking me out. Thanks for freaking me out." I was just trying to do the right thing. I'm glad I know because my guard is up. It's made me more cautious about my surroundings. However, she made me feel bad about stopping her to warn her. She made me feel like I had done something wrong. She made me feel like I was a terrible person and causing trouble. I was just looking out from woman to woman, from runner to runner, and ESP from female runner to female runner. I talked it over with LC whom said he sees these charges on a daily basis and often, they are domestic and happen in household. However, there are no details, and it's better to be safe than sorry. Do you think I was wrong?