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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?
Thomas Breyfogle January 09, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Well, if it were a man or younger person, you probably shouldn't do it.
Just Sayin January 09, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Jenny...You are clearly very kind. You did the right thing! We all need to care for the elderly (and children) when they are in need. After all ...it could be any of us in the future!
Walter White January 09, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Now with concealed carry, you're taking your life in your hands.
Harry Balzack January 09, 2014 at 12:53 PM
This was a very nice thing you have done. I think your husband was right to be upset as it should be his job to care for the safety of his wife and children. Maybe though the best thing to do in the future is hand the woman a 20 and call her a cab yourself if possible. We see 303 cabs all over deerfield all the time. Walter... Why make that comment. I sure hope you have never left illinois because all other states have had concealed carry for years. Find me an example of someone offering a ride to an elderly woman who is a licensed concealed carry permit holder who has passed FBI background checks and then decides to rob the person helping them out. Concealed Carry Permit Holders have NO criminal background. Anyone who is going to rob someone at gunpoint or commit a crime with a gun isn't going to get or want a concealed carry permit. Walter are you good friends with Lee "mr meow" Goodman or something?
NB January 09, 2014 at 12:55 PM
@just sayin said it right: You did the right, and kind thing. No one was endangered, no one was doing something untoward. Sometimes human kindness is simply that, human kindness.
Walter White January 09, 2014 at 01:01 PM
If her husband is right why am I wrong? I am commenting on her safety. Spare me the "that could never happen" crap.
Harry Balzack January 09, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Liberals live in the land of "What If"
Walter White January 09, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Yes, totally reckless for a person to think about what would happen to them "IF" somebody had a concealed weapon. We live in conservative lala land. A million guns but nobody would every use one incorrectly.
Harry Balzack January 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Permit holders are not the problem. Murders in chicago are not done by ccw permit holders. Hell 99.6% of all the recovered guns used in murder were not even legally obtained by the user in those murders. Accidents can and will happen but I have found that if you look at the facts, US citizens pull out a firearm over 640,000 times a year in this country in defense of their life and stop a crime from happening without firing a shot. (FBI estimate) Yes there will be bad apples in the bunch but who is to say that those same bad apples didn't carry a gun prior to being issued a permit anyway, and they most certainly would continue on with their ways regardless of laws, signs, or restrictions. I agree that it's a scary thought to have people you don't know out in public with you carrying deadly weapons. My response is to now obtain my FOID(been waiting since october) Get a pistol and training and my CCW. Why? Because I'd rather be prepared than dead. What If I need a gun?
Walter White January 09, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Yes, but enough about you. Back to Jenny's issue. I still believe it is less safe to pick up strangers. You may not. She asked for opinions. I gave mine.
Harry Balzack January 09, 2014 at 04:18 PM
I agree with you on this walter, but you have to admit that you started it with your comment "Now with concealed carry, you're taking your life in your hands. " Tell Lee Goodman I said Hi
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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