If a stranger will ask you a question in the street, in t he night.....

@icesmile (7160)
Romania
September 25, 2009 2:52pm CST
...will you stay and listen to him?You have patience and couragge to listen somebody who ask you a question if you are in the street, or just don t want to answer? Why yes and why not? Maybe he want just ask you about a street, or about a adress...or want ask money or try to say to you a bad words; If you don t answer, maybe you lose a chance to help somebody, or if you will answer, is just a bad person who want atack you, and steal your money. What decision will you take?
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19 responses
26 Sep 09
I usually stop and listen from a distance just to be safer, and then if the person genuinely wants directions then I would try to help, if the on the other hand the person is aggressive toward me I'd normally just ignore them and walk away(quite briskly I might add)and if that doesn't work then I'd have to retaliate and stand my ground. Being extremely paranoid, I'm normally a good profiler and can tell what the intentions are.
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26 Sep 09
I live in the city and one rule I learned is not to trust anyone. Well, I am actually a kind-hearted person and honestly, I try to answer stranger's questions specifically directions. It usually happens during the day. I am a bit scared of strangers asking for help at night. Usually, I try to avoid them to stay out from any trouble.
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• United States
26 Sep 09
It really all depends. If he just asks a simple question that has a simple answer then yeah, I would point him in the right direction. But even during the day I've had some creepy encounters with strangers (guys) who will try and talk to me while I am walking somewhere. And even walk WITH me. It creeps me out and at those moments I dont want to be rude and just ignore him but I always feel uncomfortable talking to them. Especially because they always asks personal questions so I give short, mostly dishonest, answers. And i am only 20 and usually the men that speak to me are like 30-40s. It freaks me out.
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@voldrox (7200)
• India
26 Sep 09
hi icesmile well i live in a small town and most people ask me the address on the street, i help them gladly coz there is nothing much to worry about here in my small town, i mean there aren't many cases of theft, so i don't have any sort of problem what so every with in my small town, but i honestly don't know how i will react if i live in a big city... have a nice weekend icesmile!
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• United States
26 Sep 09
If there were other people around in a well lit area, I would stand a good distance away and try to help him, within reason. But, if I was out at night, on my own, and a man approached me, I would walk away. Its not a matter of courage or whether you are a helpful person. Woman in dark alone (stupid to start with!) sees strange man approaching? Probably perfectly innocent but its not worth finding out.
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@Debkie (45)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
I'll probably listen and if it's nonsense, I will leave that person. But i always tell my children not to talk to strangers at all times...
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• Philippines
26 Sep 09
to be safe, ignore the stranger. There are many people who could not be trusted nowadays.DONT trust strangers, it might cause your life.
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• China
26 Sep 09
If I am ,I will give a hand to the stranger ,only a small number of people is a bad guy,It is not all. just like icesmile said:"Maybe he want just ask you about a street,or about a adress,so why not to help him/her? haha,it is my opinion
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• Canada
29 Sep 09
That all depends on the question. If someone is asking me for directions, or something like that, I will answer them, or stop and listen. If they are asking me something personal that may creep me out, I will try to get as far away from them as possible.
• China
26 Sep 09
I'm not sure. In the night, on the street, only me?...... and a stranger asked a question ...... no, no, how scared! But, if there are other people around me,yes, I would stop and answer him, and help him try my best.
• Malaysia
26 Sep 09
I will direct him to a police station or a petrol kiosk or even a 24 hours convenient store. I would not stop as I talk to him. These days, people who ask for information are likely up to no good. You may be accosted if it is in a dark poorly lit street. Many have lost their belonging, are bodily injured or die at the hands of these confidence tricksters turned robbers and murderers!
@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Sep 09
icesmile well it depends on just where I am if its outside Gold Crest I would help the person,or even a block away,but I am not strong and am handicapped so I would take no chances at night with a stranger. in the daytime yes, but not at night unless I was with my son. There are a lot of bad people around the county and night is their time to do their evil so no I would not talk to a stranger infact I would not be out there'in the dark at my age.
@Melbee11 (233)
• United States
26 Sep 09
No, I wouldn't stay and listen to a stranger talk about something. I don't like people I don't know that look scary to me. It's scary to just stand there in the dark listening to somebody you don't know. If it was somebody I knew I would stay and listen. This kind of situation I don't think I would stay.
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
i will listen and determine what he needs and if i can, i will help him. i will make a move to walk the way with him so that we come to a place where there are other people, or better yet, walk with him to the policeman who is within sight. this happens to me in several instances. if i see something suspicious or if i doubt the person, i will courteously tell him that i am new to the place and advise him to ask information from a policeman or police station.
@jugsjugs (13038)
25 Sep 09
My youngest daughter got stopped on her way home from work and was asked if she had 10p to spare and she had a pound in her pocket and she gave him that and said happy Christmas and in return he told her she would be blessed.She said she gave him the pound as she kept walking and that she felt sorry for him as he looked like someone who looked like he was sleeping on the streets.This day and age i would be too scared to sleep.
@taztheone (1725)
• India
25 Sep 09
I will have no problem in answering to any question by any stranger in the middle of the night because he might want some help & I would definitely help him if possible. If he is a thief, then it's great, because I can catch him so that he will never think of stealing anything from anyone in his life. Happy Lotting
• Canada
25 Sep 09
It depends. Like you said, some people are genuinely lost and they are just asking for direction. I will definitely talk to them and help them in that situation. But of course, I won't really go as far as leading them to the places myself, because that would be a little dangerous. If the stranger is asking werid and disrespectful questions, then I would just probably smile at him or her and quickly walk away. Those people are better to be left alone. But luckily, I've never encountered anyone suspicious talking to me. I did help some people looking for direction though.
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
if there's a lot of other people, i'd probably stay and listen for a while. otherwise, i'd just run away and dont look back
@dlr297 (5416)
• United States
25 Sep 09
If i met a stranger on the street, and he was asking me a question i would stop and listen, and give him a answer or help him if i could.