These situations are fictional. Any resemblance to past, present, or future situations are completely coincidental. That being said, what would you do?
Situation #1: Say you are walking your dog and notice a neighbor’s garage door is partially open. Nothing else appears amiss so you continue your walk. Several hours later you walk the dog again and the garage door has not been closed. Being curious you look, from the street, under the door and notice someone tied to a chair which has been knocked over. The person is squirming to untie him or herself.
Situation #2: As you drive out of your neighborhood you notice a car parked along the road. There’s nothing special about the car but the fact that it’s parked along the road instead of in a driveway makes it more noticeable. When you drive back home hours later the car is still there so you drive past more slowly and look inside. In the back seat you see a subject hog-tied and when they see that you have stopped, they look at you pleadingly.
I’m going to assume that you are going to call 911 in both situations. This is not a business-line police call and I’m assuming you agree that you shouldn’t just go home and blog about it without rendering some sort of aid.
Under those rules, I have a couple of questions and they apply to both situations:
Assuming the subject was restrained but not having any difficulty breathing would you attempt to untie the person?
Would it make a difference whether the person was a male or a female?
Would it make a difference whether the person was a young adult or an elderly person?
Would it make a difference whether the person was Caucasian or a minority? Would any particular minority change your mind?
I have definite thoughts but I’m curious what YOU think.
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