On my afternoon stroll to the station, I was tapped on the shoulder by a young(ish) woman, who was quite embarrassed by the situation.
Really, quite embarrassed.
After some coaxing, I managed to get from her that:
a) she was embarrassed
b) she was from Melbourne
c) she had run out of petrol for her car
d) she was training to be a flight attendant and
e) the situation was quite embarrassing for her.
She said she needed a can of petrol for her car, and offered to pay me back tomorrow (not that I would have asked for the $10 back). I started walking with her towards the petrol station and said I’d pay for the petrol there as I only had $5 in my wallet.
She pointed out there was an ATM nearby, and that it was a fair walk to the petrol station. I said that it was fine, and it would be easy enough for me to just pay at the petrol station – she didn’t seem to understand why I couldn’t just get some cash out and give it to her (now she needed $38 + the can).
I said that it was no problem and I’d just pay at the petrol station, to which she insisted that I must not want to help, and that she would ask someone else.
I said that no, it really was fine for me to pay at the petrol station, but she got a bit angry and walked away.
Didn’t seem too embarrassed any more though.
RodeoClown: did the right thing?