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Being a good samaritan in Canberra?

By Padoof - 28 May 2011 34

My partner recently berated me for a good deed done, I thought I’d put it to fellow rioters to see what you think…

I was driving to Mitchell the other morning (8.30am) when I noticed the car ahead of me with a  deflated tyre, it was getting worse right before my eyes.  Whilst stopped at the lights on Gungahlin Drive (turning into Mitchell), I got out of my car and knocked on the fellow’s window – he just looked at me blankly.  Once I opened his door (yes indeedy I did!), and told him that his tyre was really bad, he did acknowledge that he had a slow leak.

What would other drivers have done?  My partner thinks that in this day and age you don’t know what type of person one could encounter, I lament that times are such that we don’t do good deeds.

My argument in support included consideration of the circumstances, obviously it’s not something I would have done on a deserted road at night time, I figured that in broad daylight with heavy traffic I would be fine.  I also didn’t fancy the idea of being stuck behind the idiot when his tyre went completely limp!

Over to you all, cheers!

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Being a good samaritan in Canberra?
Eppo 9:34 pm 28 May 11

Opening his door isn’t the best move. I would have automatically been defensive/aggressive if some strange bloke tried to open my door at a set of lights. You wouldn’t know what their intention was.

As for letting them know – thumbs up. I was riding next to a BMW over Commonwealth Ave bridge a couple of weeks ago and noticed he had a bit of a flat. Just beeped and pointed at the tyre. He nodded. Had obviously felt it!

cranky 8:59 pm 28 May 11

Probably done the same thing about once a year for the past ten. Split equally between flat tyres and zero brake lights. Never had a problem.

I would appreciate someone telling me my vehicle had a similar problem.

cleo 7:41 pm 28 May 11

Padoff
I just want to know what you did to him this person, and why wasn’t he changing his own tyre, obviously he didn’t have a spare.

ScienceRules 4:38 pm 28 May 11

Kudos, Padoof! Wouldn’t it be great if this was just a “normal” thing, rather than such an unusual event that we’ve all got to chip in with our opinions?

Jethro 2:22 pm 28 May 11

Jethro said :

I know that if some random came up to my car and the door

That should have said ‘opened the door’

Jethro 2:21 pm 28 May 11

Good deeds are good.

But I’m not sure about opening his door. It could have put you at risk. I know that if some random came up to my car and the door at a set of lights I would be thinking I was about to get car-jacked or something.

A more sensible option would have been to point to his tyre and mouth the word ‘flat’ instead of opening his car door.

Innovation 2:06 pm 28 May 11

Watson said :

Innovation said :

Oh I forgot to mention that they did the experiment both when the female was dressed smartly and when she was dressed more provocatively. There was significantly less support for her when in more revealing clothes. Might be worth noting re the posts on the Slutwalk comes to Canberra thread.

I’m sure it was interesting, but I fail to see what spiking drinks at a pub and a woman alerting a man about a problem with his car tyre on the road have in common? I mean, I can see some very vague connection there maybe, but it’s a pretty long jump.

Sorry if I didn’t draw a strong enough link for you. I thought the issue was about being a good samaritan on the road or anywhere else for that matter. The point was that, sadly, most people choose not to get involved for fear of repercussions. Also, I probably missed it, but I couldn’t tell whether Padoof was male or female – and would the advice people are giving be any different in either case?

rottweiler 1:24 pm 28 May 11

Good on ya, I am always letting our diver know if I see something wrong with their car, just last week an older gentleman was driving a ute and trailer he had stuff tied down on both but a rope from the ute had come undone and was hanging down at his trailer wheel as it was a single lane I sat a fair way back and watched til he turned then followed as he pull up I let him know … response thanku that could have ended badly. Some people are happy to be informed and some are waist of space on our roads

Watson 11:30 am 28 May 11

Innovation said :

Oh I forgot to mention that they did the experiment both when the female was dressed smartly and when she was dressed more provocatively. There was significantly less support for her when in more revealing clothes. Might be worth noting re the posts on the Slutwalk comes to Canberra thread.

I’m sure it was interesting, but I fail to see what spiking drinks at a pub and a woman alerting a man about a problem with his car tyre on the road have in common? I mean, I can see some very vague connection there maybe, but it’s a pretty long jump.

Holierthanthou 10:51 am 28 May 11

Your partner is wise. You could have been by a law-breaking lane splitting motorcyclist.

Innovation 10:48 am 28 May 11

Oh I forgot to mention that they did the experiment both when the female was dressed smartly and when she was dressed more provocatively. There was significantly less support for her when in more revealing clothes. Might be worth noting re the posts on the Slutwalk comes to Canberra thread.

Innovation 10:46 am 28 May 11

Apparently there was a doco on TV recently which my partner watched where they did a psychological test in a pub when a male pretended to spike the female’s drink. Very few people paid attention and even fewer did anything about it. The female even pretended to show symptoms of having been drugged. They even set the experiment up so the male and female were alone at different times. Only one person (despite his wife’s protestations) actually got up and confronted both the offender and victim and called the bartender over. A few males even noticed and egged the offender on.

I’d like to think that I would do the right thing in that situation but I am puzzled why so few took action. Perhaps it’s a lesson for us all.

Watson 10:31 am 28 May 11

Maybe you should tell your husband he’s being an overprotective cave man! (Always kinda sexy of course – but nevertheless a good opportunity for mockery)

Bit weird that the guy in the car didn’t even open his window. Maybe he was scared of you?!

I think it was the right thing to do and there should be more of it!

damien haas 10:04 am 28 May 11

Being berated for random acts of kindness ? I think you need to reevaluate your relationship. Are these the core values you wish to impart on any children ?

johnboy 9:59 am 28 May 11

Strikes me as a clear case for Kant’s categorical imperative or even the less subtle golden rule.

If I had a flat tyre I’d hope someone who noticed it would let me know.

Just because other people are being bastards is no reason to contribute to the general level of bastardry out there.

My 2c.

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