Service station offers no help to Erickson senior with flat tire

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To the Editor:

I am a 73-year-old senior. I found myself in a situation about two weeks ago.

I was on my way to town when I realized that I had a flat tire and stopped at the side of the road not knowing what to do. Some years ago, there was always someone who would stop to see if they could help. Today, they fly by as if there is no tomorrow!

Anyway, I drove slowly to the nearest service station to ask if someone could help me put some air in my tire. I went in to purchase some cigarettes and ask my question.

There was a lady and a gentleman, and when I asked my question, they started to talk to each other in their own language. At that point, I asked if they could speak in English so I could understand what they were saying. I heard the word “insurance” in there, so I said, “I won’t sue you. Just put some air in my tire so I can get home.”

All the while, they were still talking in their own language and I got upset and asked again if they could speak English. Somewhere in there, I heard the man tell me to shut up. I told him never to tell me that again.

I left the store and wanted to call my friend but there was no phone outside. So I asked to use their phone and the answer was no.

I drove home on the flat tire!

You know, there were at least three men and one woman in the store that just stood there. It is a sad world we live in!

Ella Groenewegen van der Weiden