Friday, April 29, 2005

Trust your Judgement

Anew form of kidnapping.About a month ago there was a woman standing by the mall entrance passing out flyers to all the women going in. The woman had written the flyer herself to tell about an experience she had, so that she might warn other women. The previous day the woman had finished her shopping, went out to her car where she discovered she had a flat tyre.She got the jack out of the trunk and began to change the flat. A well dressed man in a business suit, breifcase in had, came over to offer assistance. The woman was so grateful for his offer she accepted. They chatted whilst he changed the tyre, he then put the flat and the jack back into the boot of the car. The woman thanked him profusely, and as she was about to get in her car the man told her that he left his car around on the other side of the shopping centre and asked if she would mind giving him a lift to his car. She was a little surprised at first, The woman hated to tell him "no" because he had just rescued her from having to change her flat tyre all by herself, but she felt uneasy. She then remembered seeing the man put his briefcase in her trunk before shutting it and before he asked her for a ride to his car. She told
that she'd be happy to drive him around to his car, but she just remembered one last thing she needed to buy. She said she would only be a few minutes. She hurried into the mall, and told a security guard what had happened; the guard came out to her car with her, but the man had left. They opened the trunk, took out his locked briefcase and took it down to the police station. The police opened it (ostensibly to look for ID so they could return it to the man). What they found was rope, duct tape, and knives.When the police checked her "flat" tyre, there was nothing wrong with it; the air had simply been let out. It was obvious what the man's intention was, and obvious that he had carefully thought it out in advance. The woman was blessed to have escaped harm. How much worse it would have been if she had children with her and had them wait in the car while the man fixed the tire, or if she had a baby strapped into a car seat? Or if she'd gone against her judgment and given him a lift?


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