What would you do if you saw an elderly person or a mother and a young child who appears to need your help? Would you help them or would you walk away? I am afraid that if you were to help them, there is a possibility that you would be robbed instead. That is the sad state of affairs we are in.
Earlier this week, my son’s kindergarten teacher had her handphone stolen. How? A mother and a young girl had come into the premises pretending to enquire about childcare arrangements. The mother asked to look around the premises, then she sat down with the teacher to discuss about childcare arrangements. The “mother” told the young girl “Girl, go and look around lah.”
Well, she certainly looked around, because when they left, the teacher’s handphone which was left lying on the table was gone. The woman had followed the principal to another premise to look at another center owned by her. She did the same thing there, asked to look around etc. Finally she left.
The teacher had been quick to contact the principal and they managed to track down the woman and the child at their car. An argument ensued and the woman instructed the girl to go to the car. The girl came back with an iron bar/rod. (I can’t imagine a young girl doing that. How can it be? A young girl!) Then they quickly got into the car and drove off as fast as they could. They had also given a false address because when the kindergarten checked later, there was no such person staying there.
The teacher and the principal chased after them but she drove too fast and they soon lost her. Of course they made a police report since the woman had threatened them with an iron bar. They were worried about the safety of the kids. What if the woman came back with more accomplices to show her anger?
Apparently this woman and young girl modus operandi is not new. One even took off with some car keys lying on the table and drove off with a teacher’s car at another kindy.
A few months ago, the household association in my area issued a warning to residents informing us that some elderly persons or young children would go around ringing the door bells of people’s home. If no one answered, the house would be a target for theft. If someone answered, they would pretend they were at the wrong house etc and leave. One would never suspect and elderly person or a young child but you should. You should always be aware of your surroundings and try not to give anyone the opportunity to commit any crime. A lot of crime happens because of opportunity and because of unawareness.
After reading and hearing of more and more cases like these, I am afraid that I have turned into a hard hearted person. If anyone approaches me, I would turn away. I have been approached before at bus stops by men requesting for money because they needed money for taxi fares, phone calls etc. My family has been approached while we were dining at a coffee shop by a man asking for money because he needed help etc. We just harden our hearts and turn away.
Now I will even have to turn away from elderly persons and young children because I no longer know who I can trust. I prefer to walk soaking wet in the rain rather than take a lift from good samaritans. It happened before. Once, I was soaking wet in the heavy rain and many cars honked to see if I needed a lift. I just shake my hand and walked on. I don’t know who is good and who is bad. They all look the same. The worse criminals may be the ones who look the most kind because they have set out to mislead us. I can no longer trust anyone, sad to say.
sad to say this but me too wont trust anyone even old or young anymore.
Yes, its really sad that even genuine cases will have to go without help because of the fear that these inscrupulous ppl has put into our hearts.
Stealing with a kid? Speechless…
Yah. Speechless is the word or should that be non word.
It so sad to involve the kid in crime. What the young girl going to be raised to be? Her future is ruined.
Yes, how can anyone teach young children with these values. Its cruel.
So so true…and so so sad.
Maybe I should warn my mom & MIL who are at home at all times .. they are pretty soft hearted and also lack exposure to whats happening outside in the real world.
I think those who are soft hearted are those that will fall easily as victims for these kinds of con job.
it happened to me.
A few years back, I went for facial. I was lying down. My bag and clothes were beside me, side of bed. A new client came (mother and child). She got changed and then later decided not to do facial. Left the room. When I woke up n got changed, realized my hp n wallet gone. According to the beautician, it was new customer. They gave me her number. She didnt pick up. We sms. A week later, my ic was returned. Other stuff gone 🙁
At least your ic was returned.
Hmm… that;s the sad state of affairs society is in these days. Once 2 kids showed up at my office to peddle toys. While the 10 yr old showed us his merchandise, his little brother (probably about 8) went round grabbing phones. When my colleague saw this, she alerted me. I stopped the kids, took back the phones and big brother cleverly slapped his kid brother as if to discipline him. The slap shocked us a little, and that was all the diversion they needed to run away. *sigh* Terrible.
Yeah terrible. *sigh*
This is so sad to hear. Yes, guess we just have to be more aware of our surroundings.
Hope you have time to do a tag:
Thanks for the tag. 🙂
omg, so sad! didnt realize that this is happening but in a way, i’m not surprise. the thought that ppl will stoop so low just to get some extra cash sickens me. but it’s a fact lately that we all must accept and be aware of.
yes, like you, i will also not entertain these ppl anymore even if they’re a genuine case. what the world has become to…i’m worried for our kids!
Yes, I am always worried for the kids for their future but not only that, I also worry that we are easy and vulnerable targets, when I am with the kids that is.
these people are so smart that they are making use of the weak ones to tipu us 🙁
Yah, they are really unscrupulous to make use of the elderly and the young to get what they want. 🙁
oh gosh.. dat is so sad.. what is to become of our world next?
Yes, what will those young people grow up to become? When they have been taught to steal by adults!
Very Very sad to see our society detoriate until like that. a developed country?
People always see the material part and not the social part!
Yes, its really sad…. 🙁
As they say, trust no one. It’s too bad we have to resort to this level, but safety do come first.
Especially when you have little ones to take care of.
That’s just plain awful. They are even so well prepared, the kid knows when to bring out the iron rod *slaps head*.
I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. I definitely would not open my door to any one, elderly or not.