Don't hesitate to lend helping hand

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On the evening of April 27, I was riding my bike up the 13th Street bridge when I came upon a disheveled man who was sitting precariously on the bridge railing, one leg over the rail. I stopped and asked him if he was OK, and he said no. I asked him to get down and talk to me.

He was a homeless veteran. He was weepy, intoxicated, dirty and obviously in need of assistance. I was concerned for his safety and asked him to walk with up the bridge with me. Because of his intoxication -- and me pushing my bicycle -- it was a slow and difficult walk.

I frequently looked over my shoulder, anxious for assistance. I was frustrated by the great number of cars -- and three bicyclists -- that passed in both directions, and no one slowed down or stopped to offer help. Finally, the police arrived, and kindly drove the man to a safe location.

My concern is that we are all guilty of turning our heads when a "less than desirable" citizen is in need. I doubt that an attractive, middle-class person in the same situation would have been ignored.

It is naive to think that any one of us is immune to our own crises. My hope is that there will be a friend or stranger to help you when your own need arises.

Megan L. Scott

North Augusta, S.C.

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pthsssh 05/02/09 - 03:03 am
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Well done, Megan! God saw

Well done, Megan! God saw your act of kindness and compassion.

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charliemanson 05/02/09 - 05:46 am
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It was nice that you stopped

It was nice that you stopped and helped the homeless vet. Concerning people driving by and not helping, they probably didn't know that you were assisting someone in crisis. Plus, when you see a man and woman walking, you don't know if they are father/daughter, husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, pimp/whore, etc.

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ldsmith1 05/02/09 - 06:23 am
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Glad this story had a happy

Glad this story had a happy ending, but I can't say I'd want my daugher to do the same thing, Ms. Scott. You must be very careful with someone who is obvioiusly not in a good state of mind. Someone who is thinking of doing harm to himself will, many times, will not hesitate to do harm to others. In such a situation, My advice would be to keep a safe distance, call the police and wait until they arrive. There are ways to lend a hand without endangering yourself.

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belle 05/02/09 - 07:08 am
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charliemanson, ok, fair point
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charliemanson, ok, fair point there EXCEPT..how many whores work with bicycles? I am sure if they do they charge enough for the extra creativity to not have to work the 13th street bridge.

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MtnMan 05/02/09 - 10:44 pm
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...If this man in need is

...If this man in need is truly a Vet there is all kinds of help for him out there ! The VA would immedialtly admit him and work with him and his needs if he truly wanted to help himself...This man has better benefits than most Americans...all he need do is go to the VA.....chances are, if he is a VET he will be carrying a VA Card....

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