To help a man <shock> who had run out of petrol?

(53 Posts)
BluelightsAndSirens Wed 23-Jan-13 22:39:15

Would you stop and help some poor random standing at the side of the road with a petrol can?

He was facing the wrong way to the nearest petrol station for a start and it was still snowing.

I passed him thought poor bloke and turned my car back to offer help.

I had DC in the car, he was out of area and so so gob smacked and grateful I stopped.

It took 10 minutes out of my day to get him back on track but when I told a couple of friends what had happened they were shocked at how I had compromised my own safety and my DCs safety.

Was I bu?

The Police apparently had a stern word as he was loaded into the ambulance...

That one was particularly upsetting for DH as he has a permanent injury to his knee from being hit by a car when he was cycling himself, so to be accused in that way was galling. I'm glad he still stops though - he's a first aider including paediatric and utterly calm in a crisis (Aspergers for the win in this situation! )

frumpet Thu 24-Jan-13 17:57:29

I would of done the same OP . I remember once when in my early 20's , picking up three male hitchhikers at the same time from beside the M1 . I drove them all as far as sheffield from near Watford . Funny thing was one of them kept going on about how silly it was of me to pick up strange men and then ate all my mints , bloody students !

maddening Thu 24-Jan-13 18:04:51

If I was with another bod I would help

Eg - a man was stranded in a broken down car in a middle lane of a major junction (5 lanes and traffic lights etc) so I pulled up behind him with hazards and sent df to push him to the side and I followed to protect them - every one was piling round him as it was causing chaos.

But would be wary on my own - I have a tow rope so I might have stayed in my car and let him hook it up to tow him to the garage.

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