So last night, well early this morning we were woken at about 2.30am to an argument at our neighbours across the road. The ladies boyfriend or friend or whoever he is, turned up and wanted to see her. There were numerous expletives when she wouldn’t let him in the front door. The yelling went on for what seemed like forever but was probably about 5 minutes.
He lost it at one point screaming at the top of his lungs things that I can’t repeat, but then followed it up by I don’t want to hurt you. Yeah mate, I’m sure she wasn’t scared of you at all.
So I lay there in bed wide awake, with a protective puppy curled up on my feet, and my mind started racing. Hubby mumbled why doesn’t she call the police. And I thought, what if she can’t, what if he’s got in and has a gun or a knife and is threatening her? She has a small baby, probably not even a year old yet, what if he tries to harm her daughter. What if he hurt them and they lay there all night injured. Dramatic, yes. Maybe I’ve been watching too much CSI or seen too many Law and Order promo’s. But these were my concerns at 2.30am this morning nonetheless.
Finally the yelling seemed to die down and we heard another neighbour come and check on the situation with the ‘boyfriend’ replying, sorry mate, and then it sounded like what appeared to be him leaving. And so I hope that is the end of that, and we don’t have a repeat performance for the poor girl’s sake and our street’s sake.
Had it continued or had she screamed or something similar I would have called the cops without a moment’s hesitation. I tried to look out the window to check if she was ok without being seen, but it was a bit tricky. These sorts of situations are so hard and there’s always the question of whether to get involved or not. Like I said he could have easily had a gun or knife. And clearly he was drunk, on drugs, or highly enraged or all of the above. And yes while that does sound dramatic, unfortunately even just through watching the daily news this is now how I think.
What would you have done in this situation? Had it have escalated would you have got involved? Do you believe that as a society we tend to think the worst of people in these situations and are therefore reluctant to step in?