Good samaritan or asking for trouble

A few days ago, when temperatures were below zero, I was approached by an elderly woman in the local Walgreens asking for a ride home.  She said she couldn't get a cab, and had come from her Doctors office to pick up medication for a physical injury.  She lived in Deerfield and it was on my way.   I briefly took time to assess the facts.  She was moving slowly , no one else was around , it was the middle of the day.   Well, the good in me prevailed.
I told her to wait inside while I got the car. ( put my personals in the trunk)  I helped her get in and had to help her with the seat belt.   We had a lovely  conversation on the way to her home.  I watched her open the garage and go inside. 
While it felt good to help someone in need, my husband  was livid.   How dare I endanger myself ( mom of two young children)  with a stranger.   What would you have done?
Just Sayin January 09, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Walter...She did not "pick up a stranger". She responded with compassion and empathy to a elderly woman's plea for assistance. She could have been paranoid about grandmotherly types packing heat...she could have turned away out of fear or coldness...but given her intelligent evaluation of the situation she decided to lend a hand to a fellow human in need. More of that is needed. Her husbands anger was fear based. As understandable as that may be...one would hope he trusts her to make the best decision in any given situation...and in my eyes she did.
Walter White January 09, 2014 at 04:26 PM
I "started it"? What did I start? I gave an opinion, which is what Jenny asked for. Why can't somebody do that when it comes to guns without the gun nuts jumping all over you? Whatever, JS, if you don't know them, they're a stranger. We're gonna argue semantics now? I agree she acted with compassion but she also endangered herself, whether you chose to believe that or not.
Harry Balzack January 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM
I could not agree more with you JS She did the absolute right thing based on the fact she was the only person in the situation to make the decision. Her husband may or may not have made the same choice if it was him in this situation, but that is what makes every day unique and interesting is we have the right to choose.
NB January 09, 2014 at 07:15 PM
What the heck do liberals, conservatives or conceal carry have to do with any of this. Jenny did a very nice thing for an elderly woman who needed help. When she got home, her husband questioned if she did the right thing and she asked for input. Sorry guys, but it seems like you've taken the conversation completely off track.


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