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To help, or not to help?

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I recently had the need to be driving through Spanish Town, St Catherine, at about 11:30 p.m. Given all I know about Spanish Town, I was quite uncomfortable doing this and would not have been there had it been avoidable. Upon reaching a section of Young Street, I noticed a car parked at the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing. There was a woman about 20 years old standing next to the vehicle. She seemed to be speaking on her cell phone. It appeared that her car had a flat tyre. I slowed my vehicle and contemplated stopping to lend the woman a hand. But then it struck me that this whole scenario might have been a trap.

I am sad to say that I sped off and left the woman standing by her car. I still do not know if she had a legitimate need. I am from a time when you see someone in need and you help them. It is truly sad that we cannot even help others these days without having to risk the possibility of being attacked, robbed, and killed. What can we do to return things to the way they once were?

Concerned Jamaican