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Don't 'Fall' For It

In the legend of the Trojan horse, the Greeks gained access inside the gated city of Troy. They tricked the people into allowing a huge wooden horse in because of the 'wow!' factor and assumed admission of defeat. And surprise, it was filled with soldiers with ill intent.

Since the twelfth century BC, people have been using the Trojan horse strategy to trick people into lowering their guard and gaining access. Through the centuries the methods have changed but the objective hasn't. Today's Trojan horses come in a variety of methods some online through email and click-bait websites. Others come in-person with a knock at your door. Yet others look like they are in distress, lost or possibly even a broken down car.

Recently, I passed a man with a car in distress on the side of the road. The hood was up and he looked concerned. I wanted to help . I really did but I was alone in my car. I thought about pulling over to help. I hesitated, should I? I know I'd want someone to help me in this situation but I found myself wondering, should I take the chance? Is it what it appears to be?

I didn't help this stranded motorist and the guilt since has bothered me. I tried to reason, that's why they created AAA roadside assistance, or surely they'll be a man along soon to help.

From guilt my thoughts turned to 'why' I felt this way. Had I watched too many true-life crime stories or two many stop-the-attack training videos? Was I looking at this through the lens of suspicion? What happened to helping thy neighbor?

OK ladies, am I alone on this? Would you have stopped to help? What criteria do you use to determine friend from foe? Share your thoughts on the PackinNeat facebook page here:

Be safe,

Kristen at Packin' Neat

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