We are taught from a young age to be nice to people. To help others. To be kind. And this is all true and good. BUT (you see my big but there) this is not what should do when interrupted on the street.
Innocent questions: "Do you have the time?" "Can you spare some change?" "How do I get to the Wayne Tech Building?"
And perhaps the intent behind these questions is also innocent. But what happens when it isn't?
- What happens when it's in the evening/late at night?
- What happens when it's in a parking garage or secluded parking lot?
Chances are the intent behind the question is not so innocent.
Opportunists will use such questions to prey on our social niceties. Expecting us to answer and at the same time be distracted. Their true intent is your purse, jewelry, wallet - or worse - your life. They also may not be operating alone. They may have a partner to do the "dirty work" while you are engaged talking to them.
TIP: Walk with a purpose and an air of confidence. Project confidence. Make eye contact but do not stop your gait. Be rude - I am giving you permission - answer "No" or "I don't know". Never stop your stride. Be prepared.