Changing the Discourse CHALLENGE (from shootings to good Samaritans)
In light of the horrific events that happened today, I’ve got a challenge for everyone feeling saddened by that hideous atrocity. I’ve seen a LOT of negative posts about the shooter, the country, and the state of the world in general. Doesn’t that mean he wins? EVIL WINS? Whether or not his intention was to cause hatred and spread worry and panic, he did, and that’s what matters. So my challenge is this: you know what happened now, so stop following the story. And go to Google news and SEARCH for a POSITIVE story of charity or good will that’s happened recently, and post it here. It’s those types of stories that need to be circulated at times like this. The world is a beautiful place, don’t let one act of terror blind you of that fact, even for a short while…
Good Samaritan tries to thwart robbery at ATM
Posted: Dec 14, 2012 5:32 PM EST
Updated: Dec 14, 2012 5:32 PM EST
By: Josh Cascio, FOX 13 News – bio
GULFPORT (FOX 13) -
When Helen Black went up to a Wells Fargo ATM on 49th Street South Wednesday, the last thing on her mind was trouble. But after getting her cash, trouble found her.
“He was right in my face before I knew what was going on. He said ‘I need that,’ ” Black said, meaning the cash in her hand.
She was robbed at 10:30 in the morning, and the thief didn’t get away with a large amount of money.
“He started pulling the $20 out of my fingers, and I kept pulling tighter,” Black said.
It turns out 29-year-old Artimus Sanders was in the right place at the right time. Despite being outsized by the bad guy, he decided he couldn’t just stand by without helping.
“I chased him down into a closed off area. He tried to jump the fence — I grabbed him down,” Sanders said.
The two started wrestling on the ground.
The suspect, described as a black male, nearly 6 feet tall with a gray afro, eventually wound up getting away after threatening to use a knife on Sanders.
Sanders says despite the risks, he would do it all again, helping a woman he’d never even met.
“The world is corrupt. People don’t help out anymore, but I’m one of those people, if I see someone that needs help, I’m going to stop and help,” he said.
“He was a wonderful young man to try to help me,” Black said.
“She was saying, you’re my hero, so I feel really good, I’m somebody’s hero,” Sanders said with a smile.
If you have any information about the case you’re asked to call the Gulfport Police right away.
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We are at a time that everything is backwards. All any one person needs is someone to support them so they can be confident to utilize their potential. Most people are too caught up with their individual lives and personal validation to acknowledge another’s. The incident this morning struck a chord so deep. To see strangers smile at each other as they pass on the street like I noticed for the first time. There is so much beauty in everything if we can take a moment to stop thinking for ourselves. With every pain there is more to be gained.