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Tacit agreement to the ‘slap’?

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir,

I read George Davis' column (Wednesday, December 21 - 'Don't take one more slap') with much interest, and it took me on a stroll down memory lane.

Years ago, my neighbour told me of an occasion when he had given a colleague a ride home and was invited in to have 'thank you' drinks. As they sat on the verandah chatting and enjoying the 'waters', they heard shrieks coming from next door. They ran to the sound and saw a man pummelling a woman while she shrieked out "Murder! Help! Police! Help!"

 

RETREATED TO SAFETY

 

My neighbour, a strong and burly man, weighed into the affray, plucking the man from the woman and dropping a few blows on the man, while advising him that real men don't beat women.

Who told him to do that?

The woman jumped on my neighbour, screaming out, "Leave him! Is me husband! Leave him!!"

My neighbour and his colleague, of course, retreated to the safety of the colleague's verandah, where no doubt the folly of that woman added a little spice to their conversation.

Perhaps we can think of that when folks, including the police, decline to get involved in manand-woman business.

Geoff Madden