It’s easy to do, to judge a person. Your mind is on your own problems and when you see someone doing something disagreeable – in that moment, in which you’re only presented with a fraction of their life – you make a judgment. I would do that differently. I would never behave like that.
Sometimes, the judgment serves as a welcome distraction. Other times it feels juicy and self-affirming. In some cases, we think the worst because we are paranoid. Mostly, we have no idea what’s really going on.
This was the case for one woman who’s sent a Facebook post viral about her experience.
Megan Orr Burnside in the US said, years ago, when she saw a mother fighting with her child at a petrol station, she called the police out of fear for the child. Not once, did she consider helping the mother.
“We saw a woman with a boy of about 10 years old, struggling to get him in the car,” her Facebook post reads. “He was screaming and she was so angry and frustrated. We watched her get him in the car and there was a lot of physical fighting in the car. It looked like she was hitting him as well, so we called the police.”
“They came and we left. We then got a call and they told us that the boy was autistic and she really struggled with him, and she had even asked for the police’s help in the past to deal with him because he was very violent. They said they have been helping her and she’s doing the best she can.”
The lesson, she said, was a valuable one.
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The situation came full circle a couple of weeks ago when Burnside was in the supermarket and saw another mother in a similar state of frustration.
“One toddler boy was fussing and the other boy was asking his mother to buy things. She was so angry and explosive at both of them, the whole store was aware of them. People stood there and watched them struggle in the line,” her Facebook post reads.