Yesterday I was leaving a parking lot. I saw a man on his knees next to his motorcycle laying on it's side. I rolled down the window and asked him if he needed help. He said "I think I broke my ankle. Can you help me lift my bike?" I was alone and no one else was in the parking lot either so I said "let me call my son in law to come help." (He was right around the corner.) Suddenly a red vehicle (sm. SUV looking) comes into the parking lot, a guy gets out and asks the other guy "are you okay?" The 1st man said "I think I broke my ankle. Can you help me lift my bike?" Then the 2nd guy looks at me and says "Can you like come closer so he can maybe sit in your car or something?" Something didn't feel right to me! I replied "let me get my son in law. He can help." So while my son in law is coming to the parking lot, I asked the 1st man "do you want me to call an ambulance?" He said no. The 2nd guy lifted up his bike and the 1st guy got on his feet. 2nd guy asked "does your bike start?" So 1st guy limps to other side of bike, starts it. I asked "is there anyone you would like me to call for you?" He said no. He gets on his bike as a car passes by. (Wasn't my son in law.) The 2nd guy gets in his vehicle and leaves, passing my son in law as he is coming into the parking lot. Then motorcycle dude leaves. My son in law parks next to me and asked what's going on. I pointed to the motorcycle leaving (my son in law saw to) and said "well I thought someone needed help. Looks like he's fine now." Something about this situation was weird. It didn't feel right. I called a friend and my Yang. Both said something doesn't seem right, they are so glad I didn't get out of the van and for me to make a report so the police know what happened. Ive never had to make a report before and I'm nervous. What are your thoughts?
Very fishy! You did the correct thing. Never get out of your vehicle. I would have called the police right then.
I read your "answer"---your instincts as to what to do in this situation were excellent.
Even if he were seriously hurt, getting out of your car in such a situation would have been your taking an unacceptable risk---especially considering how many people depend on you.
Next time, just call the police, describe what the situation is, and let the dispatcher send the police and an ambulance.
Let the professionals do the "protect and serve" thing. If the guy was on the level, he wouldn't have minded---and if he wasn't, he wouldn't have left.
Wow that's way too creepy ,You did the right thing, always trust your instincts and in this case your instincts told you something wasn't right. That whole scenario you just described gives me goosebumps, I'm so glad you went with your gut and didn't trust those creeps.
That you remained safe speaks to the wisdom of your decisions.
If you are not a trained responder, never get out of your car in roadside incidents. Especially alone. Ever. Unless your car is on fire. Police would tell you the same.
To me, you are to be commended for your thoughtful choices.