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posted: 10/13/2013 5:00 AM

Lack of help after fall is outrageous

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On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:15 p.m. I stopped at a gas station/convenience store in Glenview. When I exited the passenger side I took about 8 to 10 steps when I slipped on the painted pavement and went down really hard. I was in excruciating pain sitting in a puddle on the concrete in the light drizzle; it was quite obvious that I was injured and unable to get up on my own.

Meanwhile patrons entered and exited the store; people pumping gas or those waiting to get gas just ignored me. No one offered any assistance or spoke to me. Two of my grandkids who were in the car came out to ask me if I was OK, but at 6 and 9 they were too little to help me stand. I waited for my daughter to assist.

I couldn't walk without support and my daughter took me to the ER. Bottom line is I have a cracked knee cap.

The reason for writing the Daily Herald is I cannot believe everyone just plain ignored me. What is wrong with people who just walk by a lady on the ground in obvious pain and not inquire if there is anything they could do? What is the world coming to? If I had seen someone on the ground in obvious need I would not just walk by and pretend I didn't see anything -- I would have offered to help.

I am really disappointed in the human race after that experience. Oh, and the man working at the convenience store who had a perfect view of my fall didn't offer help or even ask how I was either.

Linda Cooke


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