How trusting are you in public?

Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
So I'm sitting at Starbucks in one of the cushy chairs in the corner, and there's a gentleman I don't know sitting in the chair next to mine. Since I've been here, he's gotten up to check on something in the parking lot, leaving his coffee on the table. He came back for a while, then got up again to go to the restroom again leaving his coffee on the table and the book he was reading on his chair. And he just came back again, enjoying book and coffee.

So the question, if you're in public like this, do you trust the other people around with your personal belongings? If you leave your coffee unattended, do you come back and drink it? Are you paranoid about what could have happened to your stuff while you were gone, and wonder whether it will be there when you come back? As the person sitting in the next chair, was I supposed to be watching it for him, even though I wasn't asked?

It just amazes me when I see this stuff happen, because I have sort of been conditioned to trust no one I don't know. I always take all of my belongings with me when I leave my table, even if I'm planning to come right back.

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SMichelle SMichelle
I'm always amazed that people leave their things behind...

I once saw a woman leave her designer purse on a table outside of a pub. Now, this was OUTSIDE, right on a busy street, with so many people walking by... I was about to leave, so after waiting 5 minutes to see if the woman came back, I took the purse inside and told the waitress that the woman had left it. It turned out that the woman had went to use the bathroom, giving no thought to leaving her expensive purse (which had her expensive phone, and her wallet all in plain view -- the purse was wide open!) somewhere that ANYONE could steal it.
Bullfroggy and Rose Bullfroggy and Rose
I could not do that, I'm paranoid too
solitudinarian solitudinarian
Yeah, couldn't do that either. If someone I know (and trust) is with me, then I'll leave my stuff and let them know it's there, but otherwise, no. I certainly wouldn't leave a purse sitting around like that!
funluvinmama funluvinmama
No way could I leave my stuff laying around. I will leave my stuff with my hubby but even then I am paranoid about leaving it.
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
I think if people do leave their stuff just think what would you want others to do if it was your stuff. Obviously if you see the man walk off and leave his coffee and book it's not that big of a deal. But if you see that man leave his coffee and someone else comes up behind him and puts something in his coffee or something like that I'd definitely speak up.
Littleone7 Littleone7
I couldn't do that I don't trust people in public very much
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't trust people much in general. I get nervous leaving my purse in the shopping cart and taking my hands away from the shopping cart. If I go to reach for something, I'll look back and check on my purse as soon as I get it in my hands. I'd never leave my stuff out to go to the restroom. Eek.
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Not that trusting. It's not that most people are evil, it's that it only takes one person
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
Originally posted by gsfanatic
Not that trusting. It's not that most people are evil, it's that it only takes one person
This is my thinking exactly. 99% of people will not bother your things, or try to track you down if they think you left your things by mistake. It just takes that one nutball, though, to screw you over completely.
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
I don't leave any of my stuff out when I go to the bathroom no matter where I am at. If I am with someone then I ask them to watch my stuff but I surely don't leave my drink sitting, if I walk away from my drink that a trusted friend isn't watching I don't touch it after that. Call me paranoid but that is just how I am.
aluminummm aluminummm
I don't trust anyone ever with anything.
hem hem
I feel like it depends a lot on where I am. If I'm around my university's campus, I would never leave anything of importance behind. However, if I'm in a more suburban location or on vacation somewhere relatively fancy, I'm more comfortable leaving some stuff around.
Nope. I'm paranoid in public.
married with children married with children
I dont leave any of my things just laying around in public. thats a good way to invite in trouble.
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
I'm paranoid as hell...
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