Today I went shopping with one of my friends not too far from Richmond and after we had went finished shopping I went to the post office to drop off a letter to be mailed. She had already left and I got back into my car and saw a guy with his girlfriend walking to their car. I was waiting for them to walk by when a women with a girl around the age of 7 comes running to my left-hand side flagging me down. My first thought is "oh, something must be wrong..." so I crack my window just enough to let her talk through.
She asks me if I'm heading to the mall and I say "No. I'm driving past it." She then proceeds to ask me if I'll drive her to the mall (uh...sketchy???). The mall is about a mile from the post office and I wonder why she ended up at the post office in the first place and asked me instead of the couple in front of me. She then asks me if I'll drive her to the mall. By this time I felt like speeding away asap because a lot of red flags went up;
1-If she needed to get somewhere, she could go inside the post office and call someone.
2-Something in my gut said this is bad
3-Whenever I answered her question to "sorry no" she would say "I can't hear you".
After telling her 3-4 times I was getting pretty nervous. I'm naive, but I'm not stupid. It's a sad world we live in that we can't trust strangers because I could've let her in or rolled down my window and she could've probably mugged me for my car and everything I have. On the other hand, maybe she sincerely needed a ride...but it didn't add up.
Finally she offered me money to take her and again I said "no...I have somewhere to go" (and I did, I was on my way home and needed to get back soon before it stormed and it's a 2-hour drive). Finally she said "it's ok" and walked away and I drove off feeling nervous and insecure.
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I wish we did live in a world still where it was ok to help others and not have to worry about being hurt or worse. I've helped 2 friends move out of abusers homes and that was scary in itself. You had to worry about the parent or spouse coming home and finding out and you're in danger as well as them. I always had someone else helping me move them out, but it's scary.
I would feel really really bad however if this women was being completely honest and needed a ride for her own reasons...and maybe she did, but I don't feel she did since she said she couldn't hear me when I know I was speaking loud enough and was very persistant even though the post office was right there with a phone, and it was obvious I was in a hurry. So I don't know...
Have you ever had questionable people approach you? Were you right in your assumptions?