14. That Act Of Kindness Fell Flat
I saw this woman on the side of the road who had a flat tire and was clearly having issues changing it. So I decided to halt my run and go see if I could help out. I strolled over and offered my services to her—she accepted, but she backed away a pretty far distance.
I proceeded to change her tire and helped get her on her way. As soon as I finished, I proceeded to extend my arm for a handshake. Her reaction was chilling. She said, “Back away, I have 9-1-1 on my phone right now and all I have to do is press call”.
I don’t know if she thought I was going to attack her or something, but you don’t just do that to someone who just helped you change your tire. Flabbergasted, I ran away and I haven’t seen that woman since.
I don’t understand what she may have been through in the past, but if it was that uncomfortable for her to accept help from a stranger, then she should have just thanked me for offering but still graciously declined. Instead, she accepted my help and then threatened to call 9-1-1 on me.