Friday, June 17, 2011
After leaving downtown Boston this week, I took the train home and witnessed a very interesting scene.
I was sitting on an end seat, to the left of a young woman with a baby carriage in front of her. I couldn't see the baby, but assume it was quietly sleeping.
After no more than a couple of minutes, it was clear to me that something was wrong with this woman. Maybe she was high and not drunk, because I didn't smell any alcohol. But she was clearly "off" in some way. She kept putting her head down, but not in a sleepy way. Something more.
She started talking on her phone and was slurring her words. Then it sounded like she was crying and she was saying that she could meet this person at South Station, but they had to really be there and not leave her waiting around.
We were almost at JFK though, so she was going to have to get off the train and take another one going in the opposite direction. As I suspected, as soon as we pulled into JFK, she got off the train.
A woman who I hadn't noticed before, stood up and started talking on her cell phone. She was describing the woman who had just left the train and the whole scene that I witnessed. She said that she didn't normally call the police about things like this, but she hoped that someone could do something. She said that the woman was heading towards South Station.
A man standing to the left of me with his friends was in a very animated conversation about the Bruins, but he stopped and looked at her, then turned to his friends and whispered, "She just turned that girl in."
It seemed like whoever she was speaking to at the police station didn't take the situation seriously and she got off the phone. A woman sitting across from me locked eyes with the woman who called the police. She said that she did the right thing. The woman who made the call said that she had called 911, but she didn't think they were going to do anything.
I've written a blog post about the show What Would You Do? and how I really enjoy it. But it never crossed my mind to call the police. Maybe I was too preoccupied. Maybe I should have called. This is a close one.
What do you think? What would you do?
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