Friday, 11 February 2011

Have a go hero or wannabe vigilante?

If you saw various helmeted men smashing the windows of a jewellers in the process of a smash & grab what would you do?

Ann Timson who is in her 70s, was recently in the news after seeing off a gang of robbers who were in the process of trying to steal jewellery. She came from nowhere and smacked them with her handbag until some of them ran off or were captured by other passers by.  (old ladies handbags are heavy and deadly)

she is now being hailed as a hero.

But what if it had ended differently?

What if one of the raiders had a gun and had killed her?

Would people have branded her foolish for even try to stop them? Is the thought of one of them having a weapon what stopped other people getting involved?

Have a go hero or foolish vigilante? surely the only thing that puts you in one or other catagory is the outcome?

I have never been put in a situation where I have had to make an instant decision to help or be a bystander. I really don't know what I would do. Would I willingly put myself in a dangerous situation and possibly leave my children without a mother or would I walk on by, keeping myself safe in the process.

Would I rather be a dead hero or a live coward?

I really don't know.

And I hope I never have to find out x x x

How about you?

Big Fashionista x x


  1. I think if there was anothers persons life in danger and there was something I could do, Then I couldn't live with myself if I didn't help. However in this situation there was no one at risk, just a loss of money you really don't know what weapons they are carrying and unless I knew 100% they didn't have anything on them I think the most I would do is call the police and try and stall them. My kids need a mother more than the jeweller needs his stock.

  2. Like you, I honestly don't know what I'd do in a similar situation. I don't think we have any particular control on whether we have a fight or flight response to situations like this.

  3. It saddens me to admit that in the same situation, I don't think I'd step up. That said, I definitely think she's a hero as it takes a lot of guts to do that. And there have been other situations where the result has been different and they're still hailed as a hero. Like that dad a few years ago who tried to stop a gang smashing up cars.

    It is different if you have kids though. Like you said, you have to consider whether you could risk leaving your kids without a parent.

    As a society, we all tend to keep out heads down Ever been on a train where someone is being abused? Everyone ignores it because they don't want to get involved.

    I think it's a generation thing too. I think my mum and nan are much more likely to make a stand then my own situation. I'm not sure whether we're more aware of various dangers, or we're simply more selfish. But I have to admire this little old lady.

  4. I think this is going to become more and more common because people are getting fed up. I've read about more than a few people stopping robbers or tackling people in the street that have just committed a crime.

    This lady used the element of surprise so I doubt even if they had weapons they would have had a chance to use them as they were probably so stunned that they were being pummeled by a handbag the idiots! She deserves a medal!


Due to increased spam comments I am now having to moderate the comments I receive. I will do my best to get them approved quickly so please, carry on commenting as every time you comment a kitten smiles.

© Big Fashionista | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig