A few weeks ago, a friend of mine was driving over the Naval Academy Bridge. And right at the top, homeboy runs out of gas. (Despite this oversight, he is actually quite successful in his career, mentors young people and gives great advice. Perhaps this is his way of living on the edge. I don’t know.)
I was in the shower when he rang, so he had to wait a few extra minutes while I tracked down a gas can and put some clothes on. And in those 20-30 minutes, five DoD police and two APD cars drove by. Six cabs and countless citizens. Not a single person stopped to see if he was okay. (Just two mids that were running and had no way of avoiding them.)
Are the streets of Annapolis really that dangerous that even armed cops can’t stop to make sure everything’s okay? (After all, we did have a police chase over SHOPLIFTING yesterday and that was headline news.) I can sort of see why the DoD cops didn’t stop. They maybe have a chip on their shoulder about being a 2.5 instead of a 5.0. Or because it’s not their “jurisdiction” they aren’t obligated to stop. For all the cops, I guess it’s no longer their job to help out citizens in times of need unless called (and then it takes forever… but I’m certain I’ll have a relevant story to share soon.)
What are the cops doing that they’re always so busy? Mind you, this was before the new Dunkin Donuts opened on lower West Street. And it was after the bagel shops had closed for the day.
I’m not going to get up on my soapbox about this and write about how people should stop for others. And then ask the questions such as what if they were in serious trouble, what if they didn’t have a phone, etc. I mean “if” is a big word. My approach, it’s good to help others. And plus, you never know who you’re going to meet when you talk to a stranger.
I will share this. Single ladies, you should have stopped. (You’d just need to overlook the fact that he misjudged his gas tank and doesn’t pay attention to bright lights glaring in his face.)
Note: I think our police enforcement do a wonderful job. They know I love them.