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SANDYS PARISH, BERMUDA -- It was getting dark. My wife, Abby, and I had been driving our scooters around Sandy’s Parish in Bermuda for a few couple hours at this point. She had never driven a scooter before and was learning on the go.
I pulled into a supermarket parking lot to see if Abby wanted to keep driving toward Hamilton -- Bermuda’s capital -- or if she wanted to head back to our AirBnB for the night. That’s when it happened. When I learned an incredibly important life lesson: Don’t make assumptions about people. Ever.
Growing up about 45-minutes outside of New York City, it wasn’t uncommon to have run in with homeless people. Most times they ask for change and offer a polite response no matter if you did or did not provide a couple quarters. But then there’s scammers. People who “just need a couple bucks for gas” or “buy a bus ticket to get back home.” I’ve seen a lot of scams and a lot of violent incidents with either homeless or crazy people. I’ve seen a woman smash someone in the head with a brick and I’ve seen homeless men get into full fistfights over nothing.
So when a pregnant woman approached my wife and I in the Bermuda parking lot, I said “Watch out. Someone’s coming over.” The woman -- a attractive dark-skinned woman in her 20s -- said “Is everything okay?” I gave a stern, “We’re good. Thanks.” That’s my standard “leave us alone/don’t try to scam us” phrase. Then I realized that she didn’t ask for something. She didn’t want money. She was just being kind. Taken aback, I said “What did you say?”
Following that incident, we were the benefactor of at least 3 more random acts of kindness:
I’m not saying I won’t keep my guard up -- that’s just makes good traveling sense -- but I will stop making assumptions that everyone wants to scam me.
Have you ever been to Bermuda? How were the people? Comment below!
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