I saw a child lost in the midst of a crowd of people at an event I was visiting the other day. The child had lost contact with her parents and was getting more and more upset. It is so easy to do when crowds of people are milling around and there are all sorts of attractions and demonstrations to catch the eye.
In the past I would have had no hesitation at all to go and ask the child if I could help. Escort the child to the security people who could put out an announcement. All seemed like common sense. But that was not what had to be done. Now you have to recruit another person explain the problem and together try to find a solution. In this case another older lady while we sent somebody to get security. In the end all was well, but sadly this child had faced stress while so many, probably feeling like me turned a blind eye.
Another little interesting incident. I was in a bakery. The baskets of croissants were all empty. But the next batch were on trays ready to go out. I asked the attendant if I could have two? I was told no they were still warm I might burn myself. "I will use the tongs I said, and absolve you of all responsibility." Not good enough I had to wait for at least ten minutes if I wanted them. I left without.
So today I give you my obituary to common sense.