moral predicament

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i watched a girl get pickpocketed this evening on the metro. she was waiting to get on and a man just reached over and opened the zipper on her shoulder bag. i didn’t see what he took out because it was a crowd. they both got into the car in which i was sitting. what should i have done? i did nothing.

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3 thoughts on “moral predicament

  1. I like to think I’d have gone over to the girl and asked her if she was missing something in her bag. You can’t guess what you’ll do until you’re in the situation though.

  2. In an ideal world, the best thing to do would have been to first draw attention to the pickpocket by yelling or by grabbing him.

    Of course, we are not living in an ideal world. If put in the same, ambiguous and unfamiliar situation, I probably would have reacted in the same way as you simply because I have never actually witnessed an actual pickpocket at work.

  3. In an ideal world, you would know the circumstances of the act you had witnessed.
    In the world I live in, I once witnessed a situation exactly like this. I approached the woman who’s coat pocket had been picked and asked her, “Do you know that man?” She responded that he was her boyfriend. While she did not realise that he’d taken her cell phone and walked away, she also did not seem to mind.

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