||[Dec. 24th, 2008|08:35 am]
A young woman is driving home from work. It has been snowing and icy for several days. It is just after dark and she pulls over to put tire chains on her car. Her father and some male friends have helped her learn how to do so.|
A stranger who has been wandering along the side of the highway walks into the parking lot and begins walking toward her. They are on the outer edge of a smaller town. He is dressed very raggedy and is missing some teeth.
This man calls out to her, telling her that she can't possibly know how to put the chains on. Startled, she insists that she knows perfectly well what she's doing, and gets back to work on it, ignoring the stranger.
He asks her where her husband is, and why he's not helping her. She repeats that she is perfectly capable of putting the chains on herself. He asks if after she's done, he can have a ride. It's very cold out.
She responds very sharply, saying no, she does not give rides to strangers. He says that he is not a stranger and that it's so cold out. She moves to the other side to work on the other chain, and he continues to talk as he walks away from her, toward the mini-mart. She ignores him.
Was this young woman uncharitable? Would it have been different if she was a young man? Your thoughts!