the edge of helping a stranger



Today before work, I was coming out of a grocery store after purchasing some groceries.

A guy was standing outside.  He indicated that he had just run out of gas.

He asked where the nearest gas station was.  I indicated that it was about 3 miles away.

He said he had just walked 2 miles to get to the grocery store.

I could have just walked away, but I volunteered to give him a ride to the gas station.

He bought a gas can and a couple of gallons of gas.

He did not have a ride back to his truck.

His truck was now about 5 miles in the other direction.

I could have just driven away, but I also volunteered to give him a ride back to his truck.

He did not say thank you when I dropped him off at his truck.

I understand there is some risk for helping someone you do not know.

What is your edge for helping a stranger?

What kind of help would you be comfortable giving to a stranger?

What if you were the person who needed help?

What you kind of help would you expect someone you did not know to give to you?

Would you expect someone to help you without any expectation of getting something in return?

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.