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Helping people

CaptainObvious

Son of Liberty
V.I.P.
The other day I was walking out of my office building through the parking lot towards my truck, my office building is a large bank and there are numerous tenants throughout the building. I saw a woman with the hood of her car up and battery cables attached to her car battery. As I kept walking towards my truck I saw numerous other people leaving the parking lot or walking past her as they walked towards their car. The woman was looking at her cell phone either looking at her contacts or texting someone. I got into my truck, pulled up to her car, and asked her if she wanted me to jump her battery. She seemed relieved someone offered to help and said yes and I jumped her battery. I was somewhat surprised so many people kept walking by or driving away without even looking in her direction.

So do you stop and help people when you see someone needs help?
 

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
I usually do. If I see a situation where I can do something then I often will. For example, I sometimes buy groceries for old people who live with me and can't walk to the supermarket anymore. The other day I was out shopping as well when some woman dropped her purse and didn't realise. I managed to run outside to the carpark and give it back to her before she left. I was also in the city once and someone asked my friends and I directions to a store. We didn't know the exact street names or anything so we just walked to the store with the person so she knew where it was.

Little things like that I will always help people if I can. If something happened like... I saw someone getting bashed in a street though I would probably keep walking. I don't interfere in things like that for my own safety. If it was really bad though I would maybe walk a safe distance then call the police or something.
 

shelgarr

Registered Member
Absolutely! I can't stand when I see someone in a difficult situation. Two elderly women couldn't get an awkward large box into their car, and I did it for them. It's completely natural to me to assist anyone. I ask first, and it's always very appreciated. My daughter does it too. She's helped a woman in a public bathroom having trouble manuevering her wheelchair. I give help and I receive help. I was crying on an airplane flight last friday. A man in the same row noticed, and talked with me the whole way. I swear, God sent me an angel, because I was really sad.
 

CaptainObvious

Son of Liberty
V.I.P.
Absolutely! I can't stand when I see someone in a difficult situation. Two elderly women couldn't get an awkward large box into their car, and I did it for them. It's completely natural to me to assist anyone. I ask first, and it's always very appreciated. My daughter does it too. She's helped a woman in a public bathroom having trouble manuevering her wheelchair. I give help and I receive help. I was crying on an airplane flight last friday. A man in the same row noticed, and talked with me the whole way. I swear, God sent me an angel, because I was really sad.
That's so weird that you say that. Last Friday night I was stuck in an airport in Houston for 4 hours and I was sitting at the gate watching the Cards/Brewers game. I noticed a girl sitting close by and she was softly crying. After awhile I asked her if she was ok and if there was anything I could do (I was hesitant because I was afraid the answer would be none of your business, weirdo:p) and she said she left home some time back and she had had a big argument with her dad when she left and she was going home because he had a heart attack but was recovering and she wanted to see him. We spoke for awhile and I kept talking about a fathers love for our kids and that I was sure he would be really happy to see her and they both just needed to but whatever happened behind them. By the end of our talk she was smiling and talking and she thanked me for what I had said. I really hope I did help her and she wasn't just saying that.
 

shelgarr

Registered Member
That's so weird that you say that. Last Friday night I was stuck in an airport in Houston for 4 hours and I was sitting at the gate watching the Cards/Brewers game. I noticed a girl sitting close by and she was softly crying. After awhile I asked her if she was ok and if there was anything I could do (I was hesitant because I was afraid the answer would be none of your business, weirdo:p) and she said she left home some time back and she had had a big argument with her dad when she left and she was going home because he had a heart attack but was recovering and she wanted to see him. We spoke for awhile and I kept talking about a fathers love for our kids and that I was sure he would be really happy to see her and they both just needed to but whatever happened behind them. By the end of our talk she was smiling and talking and she thanked me for what I had said. I really hope I did help her and she wasn't just saying that.
I can guarantee you helped her. The man next to me did so too, and I made sure he knew it, and he could tell I was sincere. He cared, and that girl at the airport knows you cared! He was quite hesitant to ask me too. When he finally did, I could barely lift my head and get out "no" because of my tears, and after I answered he said "I was hoping they were allergies". It made me laugh.
 
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Smelnick

Creeping On You
V.I.P.
I try to do what I can. I haven't had any situations like you guys mention come up, but I think thats mostly because I'm still young and don't have that much for experiences. One thing I remember doing one time, back in 2006 summer, I was biking home from a friends place at like 2am, and I passed a girl struggling carrying a case of beer. I hit the brakes, and turn around and asked her if she needed help. It wasn't the best part of town for a gal to be in carrying a case of beer, and she looked pretty drunk. I carried her beer and escorted her back to her group of friends. Turns out it was a mini party in the back parking lot behind the Safeway haha. They were waiting for one of their friends who was a pizza delivery lady. I had nothing better to do, since it was a 2am saturday morning, so I had a couple beers with the 3 ladies while we waited for their pizza friend. Then I locked my bike up there, and we rode around in the pizza car as she delivered some pizzas haha. So freaking random. Then I just got them to drop me back off at my bike, and I continued home haha.

So yah, I definitely try to help when I can. Not only is it a nice thing to do, you end up meeting interesting people and having interesting stories.
 

icegoat63

Son of Liberty
V.I.P.
I would say about 60% of the time I do.

It largely just depends on the situation. Around here there was this Gang initiation thing that was going on where they would set people up like that. They'd have a girl (probably one of the gang wannabe's girlfriend) pull over on the side of the road, then they'd have 2 or 3 guys hide out of view. Then when someone would pull over to help... they'd jump 'em. So for that reason, people in my area were actually discouraged by the local police to stop helping "Suspicious" vehicles.

However in the situation like you lined out, someone in a parking lot... That tends to be where I've helped people the most. I always keep Jumper Cables and a basic tool box in my truck just in case I have to help someone or I get a call that someone needs some roadside help. So when I spot someone in a Parking lot where I know I'm not gonna get stabbed or robbed :hah: I've helped there.

Ironically I've helped more people at my old college than anywhere else.... the reason thats ironic is because thats right in the heart of the worst part of where those Attacks happened :hah:
 

Bliss

Sally Twit
If I can help then I will. I don't like to see people struggling with anything.

A month or so ago a little dog escaped from the park because the owner let it off the lead. It ran down the street and then on to the road. The owner raced out of the park and chased the dog. The dog obviously thought it was a game and continued running. It ran in to the road in front of several cars and I was watching from afar. Each time another car approached I would get so nervous and upset because I just had a feeling the dog would be hit.
It then ran in my direction so I moved towards it, got down low and called it over. It ran straight in to my arms and I was so relieved.
The owner was so grateful. I hope he keeps the dog on the lead now.
 

Vidic15

No Custom Title Exists
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If it was the same situation as yours CaptainObvious, I definitely would because I think being stranded with a flat battery would be the worst thing that can happen to you, you would feel so helpless at that stage and might have to call your car insurance to come around and wheel your car off, and it's a great amount to pay as well.

There is this bloke that lives the street next to mine and there is shops down the road and he is always there and since the traffic lights are hard for him to wheel across, he usually asks someone, sometimes it's me and I always help.
 

wolfheart

Registered Member
Yes I help people if I can, I have helped push start cars for people many times.
I often help people out that live around my mum and dads way,some of the people are old and if they need help with something heavy my brother and I will go over and get it sorted.

A couple of weeks ago I was out on a local stretch of river fishing, and after about hour a women turned up with a young kid of around 11 carrying what I can only think was his first fishing rod.

I watched the women struggle trying to set up his gear, so walked over and asked if she wanted some help.
I spent about three hours with them, showing the young lad how to correctly set his gear up, the best spots to try and what each bit of the gear was for.

He managed to catch a few small fish, which made his day, and his mum thanked me for being so kind as to spend my time helping.

My boss has been caught helping someone though, a few years ago we were working when a girl came up and asked him if she could borrow the ladder as she had locked herself out of her flat, he was ery hesitant but a few people had walked past and said hello to the girl and it all looked legit.

He lent her the ladder, she climbed in through her bedroom window, opened the door and came and said thanks, even offering us a cup of tea.
The next day he got a call from the police, turns out it was her boyfriends flat which is why people new her, but he had dumped her and my boss helped her get into the flat which she then robbed and smashed up.
 
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