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Picture this.

You are walking across the market square of a small town. Itis a Saturday afternoon and weather is fine. In the centre of the square are a number of young people. There are 3 or 4, probably 18 or 19 years of age who are sat on their mopeds with their helmets sitting on the back of their heads, smoking cigarettes and talking loudly. A radio plays music on the ground nearby.

Close to these there are another group of maybe 8 to 10, a few years younger but they have pedal cycles because they are not old enough for mopeds. A couple of these are furtively smoking. Their cycles are laying around the ground. They are talking loudly and copying the behaviour of the older youths.

An old lady, I estimate to be in her 80’s is walking across the square carrying two bags of groceries.

As she approached the group of young people something happened.

What do you think it was ?


9 Responses

  1. probably something completely unexpected…..
    a) Youths assist old dear with shopping
    b) Old dear attacks youths
    c) Old dear steals moped, drives round centre chucking salvo of cat food tins at youths
    d) Younger youths get gobby, older youths help old dear by dealing with younger youths.

    The suspense is killing me ( plus killing time before I put the teeny terrors to bed.)

  2. I’m having a Hot Fuzz moment – drops bags, jumps through air whilst revealng Uzis and lets rip.

    For the Greater Good?

    My own feeling is Benj is right with a) or d) – let’s not lose total faith in our future. Though I did like c).

  3. c) is good, but I’m hoping it’s a) or d).
    I’m also hoping that I haven’t become toooo cynical in my advancing years.

  4. didn’t want to consider option (e)……..the front page of the local press showing black and blue old dear, mugged for pension.
    Noddy’s right, we don’t want to lose faith in our future……beautifully put.
    It’s just that when we see pictures like that in the press we are sickened, but more worryingly, not that surprised anymore.
    A happy end to slightly restore faith in human nature please WEB.

  5. Well in my small town either someone would have helped her or………………nothing.

    Guess I live in a nice small town, which I also police.

  6. She walks over to one of the younger lads & gives him what remains of her pension, he then takes the cash and gives it to one of the older lads as payment for his drug habit?

  7. Being typically cynical I imagine the old youths gave her some verbal to which the younger ones joined in.
    I’m dying to know……………..

  8. Me too……..

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