Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by IHIPrelude94
Perhaps all that you say is correct ... like I said earlier she was aware this day was coming. But in all honesty, though it was heartbreaking to see, she wasn't the primary reason I wrote this thread.
Let's for the sake of argument take her presence out of the equation ... there's still something rather disturbing, and inherently surreal, in seeing well to do adults getting in a feeding primordial frenzy over stuff laying about on the sidewalk. At least for me that made a lasting impression. Perhaps I am naive.
I understand what you're saying and I can see how it would be shocking to you. I agree, let's take her presence out of the equation.
I drive a 2007 Honda Fit (looks brand freakin' new... well, it's only 1.5 years old so it pretty much is... lol), however, I'm currently unemployed (since June 16th), and our only income is approximately 15000/yr from my wife working part time while attending school. One who looks at my car could be brought to say "Wow, that guy's well off... why is he taking those things off of the curb?"
Well... even though people are rolling up in their 15-20 year old BMW 7-series (like I said... easily had for under $8000 due to the age), they may be on hard times as well. If there are a bunch of REALLY nice items sitting out by the curb, I would think "Garbage" or "Fair Game"
It's not as if these people broke into her home and stole from her... The stuff was sitting on the curb. Like I said, if I'm driving home, and see a really nice coffee table or picture frame that might need a sanding and some stain, or a lamp that just needs to be re-wired I'll pull over in a heartbeat, throw it in my nice car and drive off. I'm broke... I don't have $200 to drop on a coffee table but I do have $15 to drop on sandpaper and stain. I don't have $30-50 for a lamp, but I do have $5 for a cord. I might be able to use it, or resell it, or toss my old items on the curb so someone else less fortunate can grab and use them.
Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with that. All of these people COULD have been mistaken, and we have no right to judge them or say that they're criminals or somehow inferior for taking items off of a street corner.
I understand a poor old lady crying on the side of the road while people take her stuff is a sad picture, and I don't blame you for trying to help her. That's a very admirable thing to do and I commend you for that. You're a great person!
However, I don't think that if I was in your situation (even though I would most likely do the same thing that you did), I would feel overly sorry for her... I mean... we agree, she HAD to have seen this coming, and obviously has a network of friends and family to fall back on. I don't think you're that naive, I just think that you need to look at it from the other side too.
I'm not trying to derail your thread and I think what you did is awesome. Just trying to point out the flip side here
[edit on 1-10-2009 by IHIPrelude94]