2009-05-12

Failure or Good Decision?

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This morning i was confronted with a dilemma, and my choice has been gnawing at me all morning. I'll give you the short and sweet version.

Situation: switching trains at l'enfant waiting to go down the escalator. I spy a teenage kid creeping up on a short chubby business dude with a devious look in his eye. I watch him (10 ft away) quickly jam his hand in the guy's pocket and steal the wallet. The kid looks at the stunned dude w a Sh** eating grin and begins to sprint away as the chubber chased in futile pursuit. At this moment, the kid probably had 20 feet on me, but I could have caught him as he had to club through the throngs of people, and I could have followed the trail (much like getting behind an ambulance or cop car).

My decision: I slunk out. I watched him sprint away, and peform one of the most athletic moves I have seen in a while by one foot leaping over the metro exit gate in a full sprint. Could I have caught him?.....maybe. It would have been great to test the speed out, and pull the guy down from behind with full speed horsecollar tackle, becoming the hero of the morning. Would it have been worth the potential danger, either from him or any potential lurking cronies?

I have been at work feeling a bit inadequate after the episode. What would you have done?

4 comments:

justinwolf on 3/6/09 said...

Have you lost your mind? Surely some babe would've seen your heroics, and that would be that. Seriously, she'd be in love with you for life, and you blew it. Nothing gets babes going like vigilantes.

jascog on 3/6/09 said...

i would have stolen his briefcase while he threw up his hands in exhasperated helplessness.

Mike on 3/6/09 said...

I think the bigger issue here is your obviously superior ability to assess a given situation. The rest of us would've been too preoccuppied with playing games on our phones, checking out those babes justin mentioned, or laughing at the guy's weight to even sense any impending theivery. Hope you put that newfound skill to good use.

Mr. Apron on 3/6/09 said...

I'd have pulled out my 9 and shot the bastard.

If I had a 9.

As it was, I would have just shat myself and cried.

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