I love watching the show, What would you do? on friday nights. We pvr it, and watch it together, and can't believe people's reactions...especially when they redo the same experiment with a different race, or differently dressed person.
Yesterday we went out to run errands...first stop, the St. Boniface Library, it was noon. My husband just ran in to return a few books, and pick up a few that were waiting for us. We parked, I locked the doors as is our custom as our 4 year old was waiting in the backseat. Her window was open at the back. I hear yelling, and swearing and look around...can't see anything, finally I see directly across Tache a man and a woman are fighting, very violently. It's going on and on, shoving, sort of wrestling...not a regular type of fight. I phoned 911 right away, which is one of the only times in my life I have ever done so (once reported a drunk driver 10 years ago). The fight continued while I was on the phone, ending with the couple chasing each other, and disappearing...I am guessing they ended up under the bridge. My husband was back in the car, and could tell I was on an important call, I was shaking. They said they would send someone to check, there was no weapons, or blood loss, so I'm guessing it took a while.
When I finally got off the phone, and we were driving to the mall, I started to think about the show. As a coward, my reasons for phoning were not only for their safety, but ours and all the other families who go to the library. I was also scared that my husband would come out of the library in the middle of it, and try to intervene. The woman was fighting back, and keeping it going, she didn't yell for help or try to get anyone's attention (there were several gawkers) and she ended up running after him at the end....
I realized if it was an old lady, I would have gotten out of the car to help her. If the lady was more normal looking, I would have yelled, and gotten my husband....
While it was happening, I just went with my gut, and I think a call to the police was fair. Maybe if she was looking at us for help....not sure.
Have you guys been in this kind of situation? I think in my teens and early 20's, I would have reacted differently. I was mad, this is the library, it's noon, there are families riding their bikes, enjoying their long weekend....I am not used to seeing anything like that, but considering the location, could have been for any reason. The lady wasn't frail, she was holding her own. I am selfish, I always put my family first, no matter what. And my husband is a real gentleman (those of you who have met him know this! ) he is always willing to help others.
Do you think if in a situation like this if the age, or race, or clothing etc. would be different you would react differently? Do you guys think stuff like this is happening more, or less in Winnipeg?
And yes, I know this has nothing to do with saving money! It was just on my mind, and I tried not to put too many specific details, which is why the fight isn't described that well. It was horrible and violent, but I don't want to give a description or anything in case anyone knows her, or something happened after.