You guys probably already know how close I am with my Mom. I love her and she means the world to me. Whenever I see someone of my Mom’s age in trouble, my first instinct is to go and help them no matter what I’m doing at that moment. I also feel that in my absence, somebody would help my Mom when she is in need too. I remember I had once gone shopping at a store when I saw a woman of my mother’s age rushing towards the store. She approached the shopkeeper and asked him where the cyber center was. He told her that there were no cyber centers around. I noticed her being tensed and approached to help. She seemed to be a North Indian. Judging by the tone of her voice, it looked like an emergency. I asked her to sit in my car, offered her some water to drink, and asked her how I could help.
She said that she had to send in an important document to her son who was waiting on the other end. I told her not to worry about it since I could take a picture of the document and mail it to her son from my phone. “Can you really do it?”, she said. She was still seemingly worried but I calmed her down. I mailed in the picture and to our relief, she received a call from her son saying that he’d gotten the mail. She was relaxed and thanked me for helping her.
When I narrated this incident to my friends, they were appalled by the fact that I had let a stranger in my car. We hear many incidents about fraudsters pretending to be in need of help but it did not cross my mind while I was helping the lady. While letting a stranger in your car in itself is dangerous, if it really is an emergency, it is always advisable to check if there are people around you or call the authorities. When somebody is genuinely in trouble, it gives me immense happiness to lend a helping hand. To this day, I still think about what all this must have resulted in if the lady turned out to be a fraud!