Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This morning I was home in my wheel estate, trying to force myself into some much needed housekeeping when I heard a loud waterfall.
Two lots down was a big Class A RV with water gushing out of it like a miniature Niagara Falls, rapidly flooding the ground. I ran over, turned off the water supply, then banged on their door. Oops, I stepped in a big muddy hole. Yucky poo! Now my shoe and foot are filthy and wet.
It's true, no good deed goes unpunished.
I banged on the door again. Nobody was home.
A couple walking by watching the waterfall told me NOT to turn their water off.
Huh? Are you serious?
I explained about the flood waters coming out of their RV and that's why I turned their water off.
They admonished me not to mess with other people's stuff.
Huh? Did I hear that right?
Well, I can't just sit by idly when someone is in need of a Good Samaritan during an emergency. A few minutes after I shut the water off, the water flow stopped. But I of course have no idea what the inside of their RV looks like by now, but it can't be pretty.
If my motorhome sprung a leak in my absence I would surely appreciate someone shutting the water down for me. I wouldn't accuse them of messing with my stuff.
Next I called the office (over a mile away) telling them the situation. I asked them to check if those people might have a cell phone on file, maybe the office could call to alert them there is a problem with their RV. The lady said she was making a note of it. Not sure if that means she will do something or not, but at least I put in my two cents effort.
You never know if the people went out for breakfast or if they left in their car on a lengthy trip. I've seen quite a few people leave their RV's for several days to go visit somewhere else. Here again, if I were out and about and the office called me to tell say my RV had a serious water leak, I would be most appreciative and dash back home.
I surely hope the owners are not mad at me for messing with their stuff. All I did was turn the water off. I didn't take an ax to their door or begin renovations. That would be messing with their stuff in my opinion.
What would you do? Sit back and watch the water pouring out of their RV or turn the water off for them?
I stand behind my decision and time will tell if I am in trouble for doing what I perceived to be "the right thing" in an emergency.
Pay it forward. You just never know what can happen next.