It was late at night in a dimly lit parking lot. The department store knew they were there, but seemed unconcerned. I figured it was none of my business either. Though more than thirty were gathered, these young people were disturbing no one. I was there staffing a fireworks concession stand in the same lot. I watched them initially as a potential source of problems, but largely ignored them when it became apparent they were just socializing.
The man erratically driving a pickup truck through the parking lot did have my attention. Especially after he hit and dragged a shopping cart for a fair distance. I was just dialing the police when he rammed into the side of a car entering the lot from the street. Then he backed up, jumped a curbed island, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. After reaching a dispatcher, I ran to the side of the damaged car. The young people in the parking lot were already assisting the elderly couple inside. When the police came, I did my best to give them a report of what happened, but my details were sketchy and … Continue Reading