Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
A gas station attendant in Gary, Indiana, refused to call 911 for a woman who was robbed by an armed thug while pumping gasoline. The attendant told
the woman to use her cell phone. The manager explained that employees are forbidden to use the phone at the front of the store to call police for
fear of retaliation from criminals. [...................]
I guess you could call this institutional cowardice. In New Orleans, they used to air a video in which the police and others told robbery victims to
just give in to armed criminals because nothing material is worth dying for. Of course, the enormous criminal population there had televisions like
everyone else and, of course, they just took this as carte blanche to carry out their nefarious deeds. Most victims were at a loss to provide a
meaningful description of the thugs and they just disappeared into the numerous housing projects. The criminal element will never be deterred by
police or legislation, but they will be deterred by the armed and the brave who believe that submission is worse than death.
Grady, I find this info regarding New Orleans "instructions" to robbery victims to just "give in", very appalling, however interesting. This is
because I live in the Oklahoma City area, and not long ago at all, there was a newscast that was repeated many times within a couple of days/nights,
then I never saw it again. It sounds similar to what you said about the N.O. video. They said that there is a very dangerous robber on the loose,
who has robbed numerous people, and if you happen to get robbed today/tonight, just give the robber whatever they want.......
I never heard whether the alleged robber was caught, or what. The story and warnings just disappeared. Odd. However, I knew that this was very
wrong of the media to be saying.
Also, to the person (sorry, I don't remember who) that earlier in this thread said something like that it's one thing to say what you would do if
you suddenly found yourself in this situation, but another to actually do it. I would have tended to agree with this, however, a personal experience
I had about a year ago, makes me think that this might not pertain to everyone - even the most unlikely:
I am a woman who weighs just a little over 100 lbs. I have never been in any sort of physical fight in my life, much less been attacked by anyone.
Last year, I walked to the local convenience store to get $10.00 out of the ATM and purchase a pack of cigarettes. I only had with me the change,
about $6.00 + change and my just purchased pack of cigarettes. I have never even been in a fight before, much less been attacked. But, (I only live
two apartment complexes away from the store) as soon as I got into the parking lot of the first complex (a shortcut I used
to take), I heard
rapid footsteps behind me, but by the time I turned around, it was too late. A very large man was upon me. He had a knife in one hand (a small one),
and grabbed me with the other, demanding, "Give me what you got!" I guess I didn't really understand that this was really happening, especially
considering the value of "what I got", since I said, "No I' wont!" He pushed me to the ground and apparently had seen me put my stuff all into
one pocket, because he started grabbing for that pocket. I protected that pocked, dug my short nails into his hand, held onto my stuff, all the
while, I saw that there was a man standing on the edge of the other end of the complex, just watching. I yelled, "help!" as loud as as much as I
could. He did nothing. Then a van came by and just stared down. I continued to protect my pocket, and directed my cries of "help" at the van, but
soon to realize that the attacker was with the people in the van.
He looked up at them and sort of hesitated. I knocked the knife out of his hand and he let go of me, scrambled for the knife and got in the van and
they drove away. I found that he had gotten away with the pack of cigarettes, which must have been squashed beyond use by then, and a total cash
amount of $0.29. I was all bleeding, but didn't notice. I was MAD! It didn't matter (at the time) what he had or had not taken. I still had my
whole $6.00 and my ATM card, but that did not matter either at the time. I then directed my anger at the other bystander who had done nothing. He
then, after they drove away came over and asked if I was O.K. I told him something, like, what's wrong with you! Are you with them too? Why
didn't you do something! You owe me a pack of cigarettes, since that's all I came here for and I don't intend to go home without what I came for!
He sort of dumbfoundedly said that sure, he would buy me another pack, but as my boyfriend pointed out, when I told him what had happened when I got
home, very reasonably told me that he didn't do anything because for one thing, for all he knew, that was my husband or boyfriend and didn't want to
get involved in a domestic dispute. He also said that the man had had something in his hand, and for all he knew, it could have been a gun.
Anyway, to make an already too long story short, he bought me the cigarettes, and gave me some valuable advice, which I follow to this day. That was
that if I'm walking alone at night, don't walk inbetween a row of parked cars and the street, where no one can see. To always walk on the shoulder
of the road, because someone like that, will be much less likely to jump a person, if they are in clear view of others.
I don't tell this story, or even think of it much, but that post reminded me of it, and none of you know me except through my postings, but I have
always done anything possible to avoid a fight, my nature would have been to give him what little I had on me, or even if it had been a lot more. I
am afraid of people like that and wouldn't want trouble like that. But, something else took over, that I never thought I had in me, that refused to
let anyone just take something from me like that. So, I fought as hard as I could to protect it. And even less is my nature to have demanded from
the bystander to buy me again what that robber had taken!
Later, I was very frightened by the way I had handled that. I was very lucky, and I was really scared by my own actions for a long time. Writing
this now, brings back the fear that I instilled in myself, by not giving up my meager $10.00 and ATM card, which I could have called in stolen very
easily, and not risked my life against a large man with a knife. If I had been asked prior to knowing that this was going to happen, I wouldn't have
hesitated to say that I would have given him what he wanted. (This was way before the TV propiganda I wrote of earlier was ever on).
So, the poster was right, who knows how one would really react. Sometimes, one can really surprise oneself. Thanks for listening.
Oh, just to let you know, I posted this, I guess in a personal response triggered by the earlier post regarding that one wouldn't really know what
they would do in a situation until they were really there. I realize that my story is opposite what the poster was trying to say, but that it also
brought truth to the fact that one really doens't know until it happens.
I did not post this to trigger an anti-smoking debate. I could have substituted what I bought for something else, but I just told the story as it
happened. Thanks again.