I have received e-mails from not one, not two, but three different blog readers telling me that I have been taking some terrible risks lately and warning me of dire consequences I may not be aware of. These people aren’t talking about me being clumsy and falling up the steps or driving on our local freeways or things like that. No, they want me to know that being a good guy can get me into trouble. Here are the things they are concerned about.
After reading my blog titled We Got Geeked about a visit from our friends Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour, somebody wrote to tell me that we were taking a big risk by letting them park their van in our driveway and plug into our electricity overnight because if there was a power surge that zapped their RV’s system, we would be liable. Or if, God forbid, there was a fire and they were injured or killed while sleeping in their RV on our property, we could get sued by them or their surviving family members.
Then two people wanted to let me know that going out to help our neighbor who had fallen, which I reported on in my blog Eaten By A Trash Can, was absolutely foolish. One said that as an attorney, he always advises people to mind their own business, and if the older gentleman I helped up had any broken bones or permanent injuries, it could come back to haunt me because a sharp attorney could claim I aggravated the situation. Someone else said that by inserting myself into the episode, he might find some way to blame me for it and file suit.
I recall getting the same kind of e-mail when something similar happened a few years ago when we were in Indiana and I encountered an elderly man with dementia who had gotten lost. I wrote about that in a blog post titled Listen To That Little Voice, and while most people were appreciative of the fact that I was able to get in contact with his family and that we stayed with him until someone got there, I had one person say that we were lucky he hadn’t lost his wallet or gotten his pocket picked, or we could have been blamed for it.
You know what? While I appreciate your concern, and I am sure that some ambulance chaser somewhere could convince somebody to sue me over something like that, but I will take my chances. I was raised by people who taught me to help others in need, not to turn my back on them and “mind my own business.” When someone is hurting, when someone needs help in any way that I can give it to them, it is my business. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll be the one needing help.
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Thought For The Day – I’m not interested in whether you’ve stood with the great. I’m interested in whether you have sat with the broken.