I have had some very interesting discussions lately about the issue of what is our business and when we should mind our own business.
My brand new car was recently hit in a parking lot. The person did not leave a note. I mentioned this to a friend. Actually, I mentioned this to everyone who would listen as I was really pissed-off. That’s right, I am the person who would leave a note.
One friend told me she witnessed a fender bender in a parking lot where the driver was about to leave the scene. My friend told the offender that she should leave a note. The woman told her in very colorful language what my friend could go do for the rest of the afternoon.
I then relayed this to another friend (like I said anyone who would listen). Her opinion was that it was none of my friend’s business, and she had no right to get involved.
I don’t consider myself a Dudley-Do-Right, however, I do feel that as friends, neighbors, and people who share a planet where we have laws, decent people watch out for fellow human beings. I understand there is the risk of getting yelled at or cursed out. Yet, if your house was being vandalized, wouldn’t you want a neighbor to call 911? If your child was bullied in the schoolyard, wouldn’t you want another student to help him or her?
Yes, there is a fine line between walking behind every person who throws a gum wrapper or cigarette butt on the ground (although these are so my pet peeves), and witnessing physical violence. And I suppose the line is different for each of us.
Most people are concerned that the offender will turn on them. Many people feel that if they aren’t the ones being affected why bother. Me? I would have told the woman that she should leave a note or I would have written her license plate number down and called the police.
Why you ask? Because if that were my car being side-swiped I would want some concerned individual extending that courtesy to me.
I would love to hear your views and/or personal stories on this subject.
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