[It has been awhile since I posted anything in this series, but it is one of my favourite things to do with this blog. I think it is an important exercise in creative thinking. Often we will encounter events or people in life and, because they are new to us, we are unsure of how to respond. Only after the fact do we tend to think, ‘Shit, this is what I should have done…’. Therefore, I think these exercises can help prepare us to be more conscious to some of these situations, especially, given my own focus, to situations involving street-involved people.]
About a month ago, I stopped into the small coffee shop close to my work to get some caffeine before my shift started. When I entered the shop I noticed a young woman and a security guard standing by the bar and I originally thought that they were both waiting on drinks (no security guards work there, but they do have an office close by — I work in a bit of a sketchy neighbourhood). However, I soon realized that the security guard had been called into the shop because the young woman (about 20 years old?) was acting strangely and aggressively. She was talking to herself, posturing, and going through a wallet — throwing most of its contents into the garbage. Both the security guard and the girl working at the shop seemed at a bit of a loss as to how to respond to this situation. The guard tried speaking to her, but she ignored him. I ordered my coffee and as I waited I noticed that the young woman was not wearing any shoes or socks and that she was also wearing what appeared to be pajama bottoms.
So, what would you do if you were me? Don’t tell me what you think would be a good thing to do, or what you would want to do. What, if anything, do you think you would actually do?