By Braddah Lance
You hear it all the time but you never think it'll happen to you.
You may have a daily routine, favorite parking spot, the same route to work - even walking to the car you have a sequence of pulling your keys out at the car, before the car or ten feet away from the car. You do all these things without thinking about it but know it can happen at any time.
What am I talking about?
Just in the past week a very good friend of mine's was on the news and it wasn't a happy story. In broad daylight as she was putting the shopping cart away (husband putting baby in the car seat) at Toys R Us and a punk on a moped tried to steal her purse.
Yeah. The same stories you heared about in Waikiki and Waikele.
I for one would never have thought that would happen to someone I know let alone a crime like that. I'm just grateful that she's ok besides a few cuts and bruises from being dragged a bit.
I know some of you are thinking why didn't she let it go. Well besides the fact that it's her purse, I don't think anyone has the reaction to let go. It's natural human instinct to "hang on" when something is being pulled away from you or to protect yourself when feeling threatened.
It's a shame that society is "taught to give up" and the criminals prey on it. Sure things can be replaced but why should it be? You busted your okole to earn it and you damn right didn't work hard to just "give it away".
It would be different if a weapon was shown but still, these criminals are just getting more and more brave not only reserving criminal activity for night.
Then last week one of my best friend's mother got mugged. Yeah, you heard right. A mother got mugged.
WASSAP WIT DAT!
In an area not frequent of crime, she was mugged and assaulted as she was walking to her bus stop in Moanalua Valley on her way to work. These hoodlums took off with just one of her bags - idiots took her clothes bag - and now she has to deal with the aftermath of a separated shoulder, cut lip along with cuts and bruises.
In both of these crimes, the victim's not only have to deal with the physical injuries but psychological as well. My friend is still shaken up and I'm sure my friend's mother must be going through a tough time as well. How can you feel safe after an ordeal like that?
To make matter's worse, my best friend's pretty brand new car got banged in the parking lot at Foodland and the punk drove off. Thanks to witness' that saw the incident and reported it with the license plate.... but I bet that driver didn't have insurance.
Then last Friday, another one of my best friends found out at the end of his shift that it would be his last shift - his employer, Hyatt, let him go. Did I mention his relationship ended a month before too?
Boy, while we can't protect everyone from everything, please be safe especially during these hard times and hopefully you'll never "meet" any of these punks.