What will you do?

@shan0822 (436)
United States
February 4, 2010 11:49am CST
Just a mintue ago I go to wash my clothes to the laundary roomin the first floor of our building. When the mechine start work, I just want go back home, I kind saw a shoes under the stairs, first I though is someone killed here? Then I realized this is a man there, I just scream and he kind scared, and go out of the stairs and say sorry. I didn't think so much, maybe someone just want go out their apartment to sit there thinking, but he start to asking me if I have some coat. I kind scared, and he kind tall and strong man. He is much teller and stronger than my husband, so I said I didn't have so big coat, then he ask blanket, But I really didn't have some blanket, he aslo make me fell scared, I just want go back home and lock the door. Then he ask me have some food, I didn't have bread home, if he need food, I must cook,so I say no. Then he asked about food bank or something which I really didn't know. At last he ask water, I had some bottle of water, so I said I have, you wait here, I will get for you. So I come home to get a bottle of water and found some banana and found a coat my hunsban may not wear anymore. But when I go back to the downstairs, he already gone. I feel guilty, because outside is snowing, but he just wear a T-shirt. Maybe he didn't understand I said I will give him a water and let him wait, or maybe he is stowaway beacuse he said he from mexico, he afraid I will call police or something. But if you were me will you let him in your apartment? I just alone home, my husband is on work today. I just want give him some food, but I really sacred. I will pray for him. Hope he can found some food and clothes.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
hello shanon, If i am also in your position,i will not let him in,esp when i am alone. Even if he is not a bad guy,it is still not good to trust a strangers and just let them in inside out house. We can tell them to stay and to wait for us. Like what you did...maybe the guy get bored or..maybe he did not understand what you told him,so,he go away. Prayer is the best thing you can do for him now. And,you should be thankful also that nothing happened in you. Maybe,the guy just really wanted some food and extra clothing to give him warm and comfort on his way outside,since it is cold. Next time,you know better what to do when dealing with strangers..just be careful.
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@shan0822 (436)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Thank god he didn't hurt me! Just hope he is fine! I feel guilty that I sacred him away, and thank god, the snow just stop now!
• United States
5 Feb 10
You do not let him it. You should NEVER EVER trust anyone. Call the police, they will take him to a homeless shelter if they so feel it is necessary. DOn't fall for the little game people play.
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Last night I think maybe this man want break some room of our department, beacuse he didn't have ang bag, if he is homealone and stowage, he should have some bag with hime right?
• United States
6 Feb 10
Not necessarily. If he is a true homeless person, he may have nothing but there are special homeless shelters for people like so. If he does no know about this, he needs to be told and the police are the proper authority. You do not let anyone in you do not know. It does not matter, yes, we live in a world of many cultures and three classes, poor, middle class and rich. This is life and that is just how it is and it is not your problem to fix his. There are plenty of programs out there that pay for these people. You NEED to stand strong. Your life is sacred and important. You do not need to put yourself in a bad situation. You owe no one anything.
@free_man (7337)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Hi Shan. Makes me think of a story in the bible. This man ask for water and is given water he ask for food and is given food he ask to come into someones home. And later the Lord is speaking to someone and says when I thirst you gave me drink and when I hunger you gave me food and when I need shelter you opened your door. And whom the Lord was speaking too said Lord when did I give you drink or food or shelter and it was beggar each time that had appeared at this mans door. So before I will say I don't have I will look into my heart and wonder who this stranger is and if I have a good feeling I would give all I could to help. If I get a bad feeling I would not offer him in my home. But I would take him to my door and ask him to sit outside while I fix him something to eat and find him what help I could find him. I have needed many many times and have been helped by many a stranger. So I would do what I could do and ask God to help. Who knows who this stranger might have been? Might have been a gaurdian angel sent to test you! Just think if this was you how you would have felt standing there asking a stranger for help cold lonely and without a place to lay your head. Pray for him that is all you can do at this point.
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I try to give him a bottle of water and some food I found, but when I do back he already gone! And before I go home ,I said you wait here I will get water for you! I just don't want him go into my apartment! And I feel realy guilty he has gone!
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Hi Shan you did what you thought was right that is all you can do. I have been homeless and it isn't a good feeling. I would go with how my heart felt at the time. And you said you was frightened not a good feeling. No one can judge you for what you did. You did what you felt was right in your heart. That is all one can do. I guess it is cause don't much scare me when I get that feeling I wouldn't have let them in my home either. Since he didn't wait he must have been just a scared of you as you was of him.
@hwke12 (24)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think what you do is right! Any strange have chance to attack you! so be safe is more improtant! I think you should tell you house manager, because, he could be a danger man, andt hurt people who live in the apartment!
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I think you are right!
• Hong Kong
5 Feb 10
i will gave some if i have there in front of me those he was asking for, and then that's it but still don't talk to strangers when you feel bad is something to happen..
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I just come out from laudary room, so what I have just washing liquid!
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Hi, shan0822. It is very obvious that this man is either a runaway, homeless person. Or he may be on the run from the police.. No, don't let him inside of your house. Even if your husband was home, still don't let him come in. The best thing that you could ever do for him, is to call a local homeless shelter or ask the police where one is located. And see if someone would be kind enough to pick him up. It would have been great if he could have stayed long enough to retrieve the things that you collected for him. I feel very sorry for him. At least you was kind enough to supply him with some necessities. I hope that where ever he is at, that he is okay. It is very cold outside and I would not like to see him get sick. He needs to be in a shelter where it is warm and safe. And he needs warm food to eat too.
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
6 Feb 10
Thank god, after he gone the snow just stopped! But yesterday whole day I feel someone just break into our room, kind creepy!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I would not have let him into my apartment. I would have gotten him a blanket and some food and then let him be. You don't know this man. Don't let him in your apartment!!
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I think it is right to just let hime wait out side!
• China
5 Feb 10
If I were you I am scared too.A big strong man stand in front of me and just me alone in home.But it is pity, from you said I guess he is not a bad guy.He is cold and just want something to eat and cloth.but things is gone,you should not always thinking is your problem.I think you do it right,It is protect youself.If you meet this kind of things again,you can ask him to wait and give him some food.
@shan0822 (436)
• United States
5 Feb 10
yes, most people said what I did was right! yestarday, I just fell someone was break in our room, kind nervous all day!
• United States
5 Feb 10
I would not allow them into my house period. You don't know if they will rob you, rape you, kill you, or come back when you are not home and rob your house since they had the chance to look around for the little time you gave food.