Saturday, January 19, 2008

All Tied Up - My Take

To Untie or Not To Untie... Here's the question

My thoughts:

1) I am certain I would call 911.

2) In the time it took for the phone to be answered I would take a look around and confirm where I am. This is a must. There are so many folks who call without knowing where they are.

3) I’m pretty sure I’d stay there, definitely if I was in a vehicle. My dog is little and she’s blind so she would not provide me any security.

4) My personal security trumps the security of the tied up person. I am not going to walk into the garage. No effin’ way. I’m happy to call for help right freakin’ now but I’m not going to put myself in a house not my own where the bad guy is potentially still there.

5) I’m not so sure I’d untie the person in the car. Here’s why:

a) it’s a crime scene

b) in my jurisdiction, help will be there pretty darn quick

c) someone took the time to tie this person up. Was it so this person wouldn’t get away or was it so the other person *could* get away.

If you see an older white male with kind eyes and excellent diction tied to a hand-truck do you think it’s robbery victim grandpa or that it’s Hannibal Lecter?

Which then leads me to think about race and age. Would my actions change based upon these things? I’d hope not but I honestly think I might make a snap judgment based upon the subject’s number of tattoos, piercings, and clothing choices. Does this make me a bad person?

Dunno but it makes me a cautious person. How about you?

~~ And to answer John: these scenarios are based upon real events. In the style of Car Talk Puzzlers, I've added a heaping helping of obfuscation. This is to avoid the potential of spilling beans.

1 comment:

Jas said...

Well, I tend to agree with your line of reasoning.

In much the same way, I don't pick up stranded people who need help, but I will call help for them.

More recently I had someone knock on my door and ask to use my phone. Absolutely not.

If you'd like me to call someone, I'm happy to, but I'm not opening my door, and I'm not letting you in my house. I don't know you, you could be crazy.
Or smell bad.

Humans are the only animals on the planet that IGNORE their instincts.

If you feel apprehensive about going into a garage, where some tied up person is, maybe that is your brain saying 'hey, maybe you ought to call from a safe distance'. In all of my life, when I have ignored that voice in my head, it tended to end badly.
Or leave permanent marks.

And, that picture in negative B&W is far more disturbing than in color.