Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Better safe *and* sorry?

My Evidence class ends at 9:45pm. I go to campus around 1:30pm and end up having to park all the way on the tippie top of the parking deck. Seven stories. No elevators. All classes but mine end by 8:45pm so around 10pm I am the sole person climbing a winding staircase of 7 stories all by myself in the heart of downtown wondering who is at the next corner. My mom always tells me to call security for escort but I always feel like such a wimp. But today as I got ready to make the lone trek I thought: why? I'm not exactly a body builder or tai kwane do master that can take em on. I can't even run that fast though I guess if it was a distance thing I could probably take him though it couldn't go past four miles because then I get tired...plus I have a laptop bag and that can weigh me down.. But I digress. So I faced facts tonight as I stepped out of the law building today and looked at the deserted streets and the dim yellow lights of the distant parking garage that I should not presume I am invincible.

So what do I do? I call Campus police who say they will pick me up. They come fairly quickly and at first all seems well until we get to a red light and a guy with absolutely no teeth (okay maybe a few) and a plastic bag over his shoulder flags the car.

Security dude: *rolls window a crack* What?
Clearly homeless dude: I need a ride to the.. train station.. yeah... train station..
Security dude: I'm sorry, we only assist students
Clearly homeless dude: Uh... I is a student * earnestly flashes a big toothless grin*
Security dude: Oh, well, come on in.

Clearly homeless dude climbs into the car and I can't help but think a) I'm glad I am sitting in the front seat and b) As the three of us wind up the parking deck to my lonely car sitting by itself at the tippy top... I am not fully certain this option was much safer?

Disclaimer: If you are reading this and are perchance homeless (In the offchance my blog is a roaring success with the homeless community) I do apologize sincerely for offending you if you are indeed offended. But if you have lived on the streets surely you know not everyone is quite as thoughtful as yourself and that occassionaly there are a few... crazy folk, particularly in the ATL.. so when I fear this, please know I didn't mean you.

33 comments:

mystic-soul said...

What about peper spray?

Sonia said...

Happy Birthday Aisha. Just got back from la la land :-)

Aisha said...

Mystic, they say pepper spray doesnt work. I had a seminar at the police dept many many years ago and I dont remmber why but I heard that it only works if sprayed directly and then it usualyl takes time to take effect and in the time you could get shot. Guns are quick if its a gun involved.

Sonia, thanks dearest! :) I still remember yours. Dec20 :) Coming up. Have yet to go to lala land:) San Fran is fun though perhaps LA is quite similar as far as scenery :)

Aisha said...

Sonia. LOL... um. Just kidding about Dec20. Dec10..... :) *sheepish grin*

aragorn said...

now that u have appologized to the homeless ppl, no need to worry....:P

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mAn[S]o0r said...

hhmm... it is a dangerous world out there...

Minka said...

hmmm...self defence classes and pepper spray and a good attitude to life. But if you really are scared, which is only natural...calling security is a good option. better safe than sorry hits the nail on its head!

Aisha said...

Aragorn, you can never be tooo politically correct, lol :)

Mansoor, indeed :/

Minka, no I think in my case, it was safe YET sorry, :) lol.

Sonia said...

Lol about the bday:-)

About the post. My view: ALWAYS call security. I don't see how they will be bothered by your call. That's what they get paid for and is their job. I agree that pepper sprays are cumbersome. Also how would you take it out? I guess you could hold it in your hand while you are walking but still you could drop it in a split second because of a surprise confrontatio. And even if you get it out, how can you spray when a gun is pointed in your face or a knife in your heart. Is this chilling? NYC will do it to you:-) But seriously ALWAYS call security.

Another observation: It is pretty funny in a strange ironic way :-) On the one hand we don't want to be judged by our appearences and we rally against the patriot act yet when confronted with such a situation ourselves our own judgement is called into question

(Note: Aisha, I am looking for your Crash review. I could have sworn I read it and liked it. You did review it right?).

Muslim Wife said...

Haha, that conversation was funny, in a sad way, but so funny,lol. First things first, recite Ayatul Kursi as you step out of class and other du'as. I know how big of a pain parking is at GSU, but do ya think you can find a new parking deck to use? Or do you have time between one of your classes to switch parking places?

Insha'allah you'll be allright, but I definitely think you should use the security car as much as possible.

wayfarer said...

I used to have to do the same thing at school. Buy mace and keep it in your hand when you walk to your car. Maybe take a self defense class too. :-) Better safe than sorry.

Security dude didn't seem much help...now toothless homeless dude knows where you park. Genius.

Anonymous said...

i like muslim sife idea . do not b lazy. get out in the middle of the class and park near by . now i am scared.
ami

Aisha said...

Sonia yeah so I profiled. :-(. Crash, I know I Talked about not sure if I reveiwed it. Its before I had a "movie review" site... if you do a search this blog on the top left hand corner and type in Crash it should pop up.

Farah, and Ami dearest i think I will move my car during break thats a great idea, and ofcourse duaas are always important. Ami please dont be scared. I did call the police didn't I??? :)

Wayfarer, I need to find police mace. That I heard is the right one to use. Its quicker and more effective.

rehtwo said...

At least you had security dude with you too...I'm sure he wouldn't have let clearly homeless dude out on the top floor of a parking garage with you.

Sonia said...

Profiling is not the central issue here. The issue is ALWAYS call security :-) Seriously what else are these people getting paid for? It is so simple and easy to do so why not do it each time?

Enyur said...

Happy Birthday Aisha!!! And umm...yes picking some guy off the street like that was not really a wise move on the security guy's part. I'm just thinking what if that guy pulled out a knife or something and demanded money ...that would both of you at the front in vulnerable position! I'd probably even ask what law school's policy is on that!

By the way, I can see a fine lawyer in the making lol@ the disclaimer!

Sonia said...

Oh and a post script to my comment. Aisha I do think it is the safer option to be on the security bus rather than walking. Atleast there is a third party (i.e. the security guy) available. What do you think?

Aisha said...

Sonia, let me tell you a story of a young girl I knew several yeras back. She had long dark hair and pretty brown eyes was quite studious and loved to learn. Infact she loved to study so much she would spend as much time as was possible in the library studying. Another thin about this girl is she loathed asking for rides. Many a night this girl would walk at a fast pace through the University known to be rather unsafe home where her roomates would chide at her needless bravery. Does this girl sound familiar? :0)

Rehtwo, the thought of him saying "oh you can drop me off here, this is fine" just makes me crack up. True. I did have security.

Enyur, thanks!!! :) yes that is what I thought... us in the front him in th eback. scary. I mean he seemed nice though. big grin and all... :)

momyblogR said...

I'm glad you called security. Gosh, I remember walking forEVER alone in the wee hours of the morning after a party....NOT very smart but than again that WAS 20+ years ago. Besides, I don't think there is any security that would take me to my car, lol.

Sure am glad that fella was in the back seat!! :):)

ZZ said...

That was the funniest entry ever. MY idea for you is to break your ankle, go to the doctor, have him write you a note, go to DMV, get a handi tag for your mirror, go back to school after taking 2 weeks off for your broken ankle, and get a great parking spot for the remaining 2 days of classes!! Very feasible solution. Let me know if you need help w/ step one....

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr, yes we are not invincible, must remind myself of this. Hope your trip was fun btw! )

ZZ... your offer with step one sounds like a threat... Is it for the pictures you didnt want taken on Monday? Please dont break my ankles. Please. I promise i'll be good. Really.

Tee said...

Aisha - I used to carry a pepper spray on my keychain when I was single and leaving work late, etc. Please get one. They're only about $20. You can also get personal alarms which are REALLY REALLY loud.

I understand why you put the disclaimer. I would have felt the same way. You don't want to offend anyone but I certainly would not have been comfortable with that situation either. There are many homeless people who are decent people down on their luck. There are definitly those that are on drugs or mentally unstable or desperate for money and dangerous though, so I don't think you were wrong being "on alert" as it were.

The security guard should have known better, too. If that is really their rule, he needs to put the students safety first. I know he was trying to be kind but he needs to do his job. If he wants to be kind after he gets you safely to your car, then fine. But he shouldn't have put you in that situation.

I want to advice you to report the safety officer, but I hate getting people into trouble! Maybe just leave an anonymous note with whoever is in charge of security advising that all guards should be reminded that student safety should be a priority or something?

Tee said...

PS- My older sister used to keep one of these on her keychain too. It's called a Kubotan. It's basically a good long piece of metal which is good for whacking someone in the face or poking in their eyes. LOL. Click here.

Aisha said...

Tee, I know but I'd hate to get him in trouble But yeah maybe a general nonspecific email or letter just saying that they should be careful etc can't hurt. The metal thin you showed me. I wonder if I bought if I could bring myself to use it. Pepper spray seems like it won't KILL anyone... but this... I dont know if I could actually use my hand to put somethin in another person. Furthermore you'd have to get pretty close to do it and they could grab your wrist before you could do that... HOWEVER that being said, if push came to shove it could be necessary.

Sohnii said...

Aisha!

While you treat it a little more sanely, let me do the freaking out for you... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
I think you should be carrying a metal crowbar with you. No jokes. Hit the face. Maximum Damage area. That oughta teach them a thing or two. Scary world out there, you be careful.

Aisha said...

Sohnii, I love your suggestion. I can just see the expressions on my fellow students faces when I very solemnly walk ito class with my crowbar tucking out of my bag and as we exit, I remove it and walk holdig it in my hands. I guess I can go ahead and assume I'll be referred to as "el weirdo" but yeah better safe than sorry, :)

Fugstar said...

lol at the political correctness wrt homelessness.

Tez said...
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Tez said...

yuppers..i too believe finding a better parking spot is always a good option. besides that, the toothless grin wouldve given moi the freaks too! so did they have music playing in the security car?
p.s: happy belated birthday!

Anonymous said...

We the homeless appreciate your sensetivity on the matter.

Anonymous said...

We the homeless appreciate your sensetivity on the matter.

tahin said...

Sister,
Where are your classmates? Can't you ask any of your classmates (preferably male ones:)) to accompany you until you get in your car?

Take care of yourself. Recite always Ayet-el Kursi.

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