Someone I Know (hereinafter refered to as SIK) related an incident at his home that occurred some weeks ago, and I thought that this blog would be a good place to mention it.
In the wee hours of the morning, SIK woke up, went to the living room for some reason or other, and found a stranger passed out on his couch. He tried rousing him to no avail. Shook him a bit, even, as you would do to wake up someone for an urget conversation. No response. The stranger was breathing, but obviously very drunk. SIK went back to bed. In the morning SIK’s wife went to the combination room to make coffee while SIK managed to rouse said drunk for a little chat. Mr. 20-something-year-old Drunk didn’t know where he was at first. He apologized for the intrusion. SIK offered him a ride. Drunk declined, and went on his way. Wife said that she thought she’d seen him at a nearby house before (nothing suspicious – just there, like a neighbor or friend of a neighbor) but wasn’t sure. SIK and his wife have guns in the house and know how to use them, if that matters to you.
End of story.
What would you do? What is the right thing to do? SIK has no small children or anyone else at the house. Just he and his wife, if that matters to you. I think it would matter to me, as I am something of a mother bear if you will. I don’t know the answer for my sake. There are many, many situations that are extremely difficult, at best, to second-guess if you’re not there– if you’re not the person responsible for making the decision. So don’t. You weren’t. Just think about it. I can tell you from experiences (though very different from this scenerio) that I have a hard time going counter to my “instinct”, which ever way that “instinct” might go. Or is it “conscience”? That could be a strength or it could be a weakness. I admit that I don’t know. Reason, alone, as I believe most people think of it, doesn’t always provide the best answer, but then maybe it depends on the depth of the reason. In this case I think it could be argued that SIK made the worst possible decision, from a “tactical” point of view, and that at the same time it had the best possible outcome. But what if the guy had been in a diebetic coma or something?
Edited to Add; The front door was unlocked, so the guy just walked in.