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Half-decent Samaritan?

I was rushing to catch my bus as usual and upon getting to the main road I passed a cyclist waiting to get out onto the main road. I saw him, didn't pay any attention to him, and kept walking in my pre-9am fog, whilst keeping an eye out for the bus. As I passed the cyclist I heard a crash and lots of swearing. I don't know how he managed to fall off, but fall he did. The poor man was lying tangled up in his bag, his bike and the traffic cone he had fallen on top of. He was struggling to extricate himself and I'm rather ashamed to admit that for a moment I considered leaving him to get on with it and catch my bus. (In my defence I'd been late for work already this week, and missing that bus meant I was going to be late again.)

But my conscience got the better of me and I went over to give him a hand. I helped him up, and picked up his bike for him while he got himself sorted. I asked him if he was ok. He said he was but I think he whacked his shoulder off the kerb upon landing, which must've hurt. He said he'd walk for a bit, but that he'd be fine. He then limped off, pushing his bike. He hadn't thanked me, or if he had I didn't hear him. Maybe he was embarrassed. Or maybe he saw my moment of indecision, and didn't think I deserved thanking. Whatever it was, I didn't think of it at the time - I was just glad there wasn't any blood or broken bones to contend with, and that I could finally get on my way to work.

But I missed the bus of course, and got into my office at 9.15. I explained why I was late, and was met with sceptical looks from my colleagues. I don't think they believed me! The cheek of it... My track record in that area isn't good mind you, but if I'm late I don't lie about it!

I've also been keeping an eye on the Metro all week for any 'to the girl who helped me after I fell off my bike' messages, but nothing doing. How rude. I'm not expecting a medal or anything, but a bit of gratitude would've been nice. I did miss my bus for the bastard after all.

Ah well, maybe I'll get my reward in the shape of some good karma.

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At 2.2.07, Blogger Drama Queen said...

I think it was just shock and embarrassment. Surely you have fallen over and prayed that no one saw you?

Rest assured he’s probably taken his ego and his cuts home to his wife to get nursed. Then he’ll sit and tell her all about the lovely girl who helped him today. . .


p.s did you check to make sure you hadn’t hit him with your bag or something and confirm that you weren’t responsible for his fall?    



At 2.2.07, Blogger James said...

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At 2.2.07, Blogger James said...

I'm sure DQ is right - he'll be thanking your now. And as every good deed is rewarded, expect to win the lotto on Saturday. And its a roll-over.    



At 4.2.07, Blogger Teeny said...

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At 5.2.07, Blogger Teeny said...

Last paragraph was tongue in cheek - I know he wasn't being ungrateful, just embarrassed.

Didn't win the lottery though...    



At 9.2.07, Blogger petifilou said...

No good karma now you've called him a bastard! Hee hee hee!    



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