Being an ill-fated gofer between a forced cash withdraw and the barrel of a gun isn’t high on the average person’s list of Sunny Summer Day Activites. For most, it would land on the Worst Day Ever Scenarios to be Avoided at All Costs list.
Being o the non-trigger end of the gun is terrifying. Fortunately for me, nothing else happened. For others, facing the end of a gun while a robbery is in progress meet different challenges.
Fearing for your own life, and what might become of those you love, you hand over your boss’s hard earned cash. Minutes feel like days. Gathering his money, the robber makes his get-a-way. Even though you were there, you wonder if what happened did happen.
At some point it hits. What happened, really did happen. It is often here where people wonder if anything will ever feel or be the same again.
Yet people’s reactions, feelings and what happens after the robbery are different.
Members and guests in the pool area at the local sports club gather around the whirlpool. Some people sit, while others stand. Muffled conversations and the persistent hum of jet-propelled water filter through the aroma of chlorine. A woman shares her experience.
“My husband was robbed at work … ” Quieting, attentive hot tub listeners lean in.
“He was held up at gunpoint … ” Her story continues. “We’ve been in counseling for two years just in case it happens again.”
Pausing, she looks down. “I’m not a member. My husband can’t work. He could have gotten killed … “
A group of employees perch on cold metal chairs in a semi-abondoned storage room filled with decaying cardboard boxes. Gathering around they share their experiences of being robbed. The father of a young girl briefly interrups. He almost didn’t believe she was still alive.
A lady speaks up. “This is my third time. I don’t think it gets any easier, but some [robberies] are just funnier than others.”
Wiping a tear from her eye, “He had a gun.” Laughing, she continues, “His get-a-way car was a one speed bike.”
A few months later this same lady was robbed again. Her story continues. “Going to court was the worst but after that I just felt sorry for him. I still write to the them in prision.”
Not all people involved robberies come out alive or uninjured. The stories are not to judge or minimize what happened or how it impacted these peoples lives.
When things happen non of us know how we would react. Your don’t know. I don’t know.
Robberies happen. Robbers don’t target specific people. They rob for the money.
When challenging things happen, find the support you need. Find the strength inside yourself. If we are honest, it has always been there. These things can make a different in how you move through what happened.