Staying Aware: How Vigilance Saved Me–A StoryTime

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Sometimes, bad things can happen if you’re not aware of what’s happening around you. Here’s a time when staying aware kept me out of a potentially dangerous situation.

Want to know what happened? Keep reading!

Background

It seemed like any other day. As an independent delivery driver, I was out early for the dinner rush. When an offer appeared, it seemed ordinary, so I accepted it.

One of the first things I do after accepting an order is to check where it’s to be dropped off. The reason is simple: there’s one place in town I won’t deliver to—the ginormous university. 

It’s not the students or the people that are the problem; it’s the parking. There’s very little parking around the dorms and buildings there, and I do not enjoy driving around and trying to find a space.

What Happened

Since this order was going to an ordinary house, I accepted it and went to pick it up.

Upon arrival at the drop off location, I found the customer’s location was a trailer in a trailer park. No problem; I’ve delivered to trailer parks before.

The only issue I faced in the past was trying to figure out which trailer was the correct one, as some trailers lacked visible street numbers. Luckily, this one had its number displayed.

I parked on the other side of the road. As I did, I noticed a man dumping trash into a garbage bin next to the trailer. I assumed he lived there (shouldn’t have assumed but I did).

When he went back inside, I got the food and walked up to the trailer’s front porch. The front door was ajar—not wide open, but enough for me to peek into the front room.

I saw an older lady sitting in a big comfy chair. She smiled and beckoned me to come in and hand her the food. She claimed to be disabled and unable to retrieve it if I left it at the door.

Now, I’m a softie and like to help people, but something didn’t feel right. Where was the man I had seen earlier? Why couldn’t he bring her the food? 

This scene reminded me of a creepy delivery driver story I had listened to once.

The customer had asked the driver to bring an order inside and, then the driver realized it was an ambush! He had ended up running for his life!

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Because this seemed so similar, I couldn’t shake the uneasy feeling that something wasn’t right.

Since the door was open, I peered through the crack between the door edge and the door hinges–and there sat the man I saw earlier!

If I entered, he would be to my left and behind me. That was a red flag I couldn’t ignore!

Nope! There was no way I was going into that trailer. I saw a little table just inside the room next to the door.

I informed the lady that I couldn’t come inside but would leave her food on this table next to the door. Cautiously, I slid the food through the crack, and dropped it on the table. Thankfully, nothing snagged my arm.

I swiftly exited, not daring to look back as I got into my car and drove away.

What I Learned

Always be acutely aware of your surroundings and avoid putting yourself in risky situations. Don’t ignore red flags! My safety, and yours, are non-negotiable.

I share this story so you will know: if something doesn’t feel right, get out of there!

This incident could have been innocent, in which case all I did was inconvenience them. But if it had been something more dangerous, I  saved myself from a potentially deadly situation. That is worth a little embarrassment.

The Takeaway

Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t disregard red flags. If something seems off, it’s better to err on the side of caution. 

If it turns out innocent, a little embarrassment is a small price to pay. But if it’s dangerous, you’ve potentially saved your life. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Just saying! 

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