Originally posted by Helig
WTF thats a 7 series BMW in that bottom picture, that is by no means a cheap car so why the hell is someone who can at least afford the down payment
sinking to such a depth. To hear someone wish for death to avoid such a situation really speaks volumes about the state of things. Some savy
non-profit minded folks should really start up some kind of organization to help folks in this situation, because its just not right to do that to
someone and then allow the common scum of the planet paw through their belongings like that.
Firstly, Helig, the vehicle you refer to is actually an E-34 BMW 5 Series, circa 1989-1995, today's value $2,000-$6,000 aproximately.
Hardly an "expensive"
car. And at least 14 years old, at best.
Secondly, although I respect SD for his contribution to ATS, and acknowledge his chivalrous effort on the part of this unfortunate woman; I cannot
simply accept the supposedly rightous indignation being heaped upon those anonymous passersby without delving a bit further into the matter.
Yes, I realize that in these hard times, it's cathartic to hurl wild invective at anyone we feel deserving of our wraith. And, yes, the harder the
times become, the less circumspect we are likely to be before we pour forth with condemations.
Paradoxically, however, now is the time we must refrain from giving vent to our first, hot, reactions, lest we all get caught up in a sort of
SD has said that the poor woman knew that this terrible day was on her advent for quite some time; a year, I believe, was the stated timeframe.
And yet, despite having a number of friends who could have helped her, or at least given her moral support and possibly directed her to those who
could provide more substantial aid, she waited "For the Ax to Fall", the victim of fear and pride.
As it is often said, and this sad instance proves the tale, "Pride goeth Before the Fall"
Also, I am curious, SD, when you spoke to the lady to get her story, did you happen to ask her why she was allowing this "wonton scavenging" of her
belongings to continue un-protested?
Surely, in such a "nice" neighborhood, the impassioned cries of an elderly lady for help against a "Horde of human scum" (as I believe some one
characterized the "looters") would not have gone unheeded?
Or is it possible, just possible, that when asked, the old dear, distraut and seeking to put the horrible event behind her, aquiessed (perhaps
foolishly) to having strangers walk off with her life's collections, refusing even payment as a too-painful reminder of what her life had become?
Let us not become too slow to inquire, and too quick to condemn. No one knows what their
future holds in store.