what would you do

Tah - posted on 12/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-good-samar...


so a woman jumps out and helps a officer fight a man who is attacking the officer...my question

would you have jumped out and helped not knowing if there were other suspects or if he had a gun or weapon?

was this a smart choice for the woman?

why or why not?

also they have just released her name and reunited them...

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Bonnie - posted on 12/16/2010

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I wouldn't. I mean I like to help out when I can, but if the situation looks dangerous forget it, I'm too much of a chicken lol. Not only that, but i'm only 5' 1" and my luck I would be the weakling out of everyone involved and be beaten to a pulp and trampled over.

Dana - posted on 12/16/2010

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Haha, Sharon, that reminds me of a predicament that I found myself in last winter. We had new neighbors and late one night the daughter (who didn't live there) had a bunch of guys over, (probably in their early 20's) I hear all this screaming and yelling. I go out onto my porch and see this guy beating the crap out of this other guy, the girl tries to intervene and gets punched in the face, then two guys carry her off inside. I stood there thinking it would wind down then -nope. The one guy is on the ground totally getting his butt stomped and now, literally, the guy starts kicking him. My husband wasn't home, my son was in bed and I couldn't just stand there and not do something so, I yell for them to cut it out. They ignored me, lol, I was incredulous!! Being a mom I used my mom voice "I mean it, cut it out, I WILL call the police!!!!" They stopped at that. A few seconds later the girl came out and thanked me. I just stood there, watching, not saying another word until they all pulled their shit together and either left or went inside. Of course the guy that totally got his butt whooped kept saying to the guy who beat him up, "It's alright man, I still love you like a brother"....drunk idiots.

Sharon - posted on 12/16/2010

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I've sorta been there. I've seen people wrestling with other people...

in one case - they had it well in hand, it was best I stay out of the way

In another - I wasn't sure who needed the help, I looked around, saw other people watching, several dialing their cell phones, handcuffs hanging off the pocket of one guy, not in a cool, from loop to belt loop thing, but in a "can grab it once we're ready" kinda thing. I listened to what the guys were yelling and figured - these guys are bounty hunters...

I still called 911 - operator assured me that from all the descriptions everyone had phoned in - she was sure these were bounty hunters too and the police were on their way.

Oh then there was the chick at the convenience store who was getting beat up by her BF.... I definitely intervened there. But that time I didn't have any kids.

Unless it was a gang type thing - the chances of reprisals are SLIM. If she doesn't live in the immediate area - again - chances are slim of retribution.

But I truely think - if I saw an officer being overwhelmed or on the verge of being overwhelmed, I'd step in.

I would also ask, later, that if there is any news coverage - that my name be kept out of it.

Becky - posted on 12/16/2010

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Just want to add that it totally depends on the situation. If I saw a child being attacked or hurt, I probably would jump in to help. And of course I'll help in a situation where there isn't really any risk to my life- like pulling over to check on and offer my cell phone to a guy who hydroplaned off the road right in front of me.

Becky - posted on 12/16/2010

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Honestly, I don't know that I would have stopped to help. I wouldn't have done nothing, I would have at least called 911, but I'm not sure I would have put myself in harm's way. Maybe if I was alone, but with my kids with me, which they usually are, most likely not.
A couple of months ago, I drove past a homeless person lying on the side of the highway (off a ways, in the grass). I couldn't tell if she was just sleeping or if there was something wrong. I thought about stopping, but I had my boys in the truck and you just never know if a person is faking it to try to carjack you or something. I hate that I'm skeptical like that, but I am. There have been too many stories lately about good samaritians getting beat up or carjacked or worse. So I drove home - only 5 more minutes, and called the police to go check on her. I never heard anything about it on the news, so I'm guessing she was fine and probably pissed off that someone was bothering her!
I'm not devoid of compassion, far from it. I would love to help everyone I see in trouble, and I really admire those who put their own lives in danger to help a perfect stranger. But I also have 2 little kids that I need to protect and want to come home to at the end of the day, so I have to balance all that. So, sometimes, that means making sure someone else helps out, instead of doing it directly myself.

Dana - posted on 12/16/2010

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I would have helped although I would have probably tried to pick up an object to hit him with rather than slapping at him.
I don't think it's stupid to help people, I imagine she assessed the situation before helping. I would hope that if I were ever in a situation where I was being attacked, people would help me.

Doreen - posted on 12/16/2010

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O sorry Tah - I always go off on my own train :) Let me answer the questions. No I don't think it is ever smart but we do silly things all the time - I am sure she evaluated the situation in a split second and if it was bigger than her she would have called for back-up or something else... the point is she is super cool because either way she would have done what ever she could to help.

Doreen - posted on 12/16/2010

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I'd would do it without thinking, except that person needs help... and then afterwards I get a bit shook up about the situation I tackled. You know deep down I hope that if I was in a situation someone would jump out and help me. I can cope less with these stories of people in trouble and others just standing or passing by. We do what we can - when we can!

Katherine - posted on 12/16/2010

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Not too smart IMO.

I would have done the same thing. Without thinking.

Louise - posted on 12/16/2010

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I think I would access the situation and then yes I probably would pile in and help an officer or any other poor sole who was being beaten up. I suppose that is just me though I hate to see violence of any kind and try to avoid it but I am not frightened to step in. Foolish some might say!

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