We went to a bridal shower tonight for some really good friends of ours. The timing of it worked out so that Sam and I picked Bob up from work. He was finishing some things up inside as Sam and I walked out to get loaded up in the car when I saw it.
A young hispanic couple.
At first, I thought they were just flirting and messing around in the parking lot. I, pretty quickly, realized they weren't messing around. The guy was being a little too rough and when he grabbed her by the back of the neck to push her ahead of him, I could tell by her body language things weren't ok with her.
It's funny how many thoughts ran through my mind in a very short time.
What? What are they doing? Are they just messing around?No...she's kind of crouched down and he's grabbing her neck pretty roughly. Where's Sam? Ok, near the front of the car. I'm not gonna be one of those people who witnesses something bad happening and doesn't say anything.
"HEY! HEY! Leave her alone!"
I guess I caught his attention enough to push her away from him. Now what? Where's Bob?
I ran back and stuck my head back in Bob's office and told him to come out real quick because there was some guy who looked like he was about to beat up his girlfriend.
As he came out, the hispanic guy was getting into his car. His girlfriend (I guess) was walking around the front of the car to get in. I almost called out to her, "You don't have to go with him - we can help you." But I didn't. Honestly, I was already afraid I had made things worse for her.
He backed up and sped out of the parking lot quickly. Just like that, they were gone.
Needless to say, I was a bit shaken up after that. Did I do the right thing? Did I make the guy even more angry and cause things to be worse for her? Why did she get in the car with him? Why? Why do women put up with behavior like that?