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Thanks for sticking around

September 14, 2013

To the editor: Thanks to the man driving the BMW convertible outside Bremer Bank over Labor Day weekend....

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Oct-19-13 9:30 AM

Ms. Bean was only trying to thank a person for their help, something that needs to be done much more in today's world. Regardless of why she felt uncomfortable is really irrelevant. You are right, we can't judge a person by how they look. And we do not know it was strictly his looks that made her uncomfortable. You weren't there and you do not know her past experiences. I highly doubt Ms. Bean gets nervous every time she sees someone who looks scruffy. We live in a world where we have to be cautious because plain and simple there are people out there who do not have good intentions. How many times are we told "Trust your instincts if something doesn't feel right"? She felt unsafe, she asked for help, someone helped her out, she thanked them...let the letter of thanks go for what it is....gratitude. You're reading into her letter to pick her a part. How unfortunate.

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Oct-10-13 9:52 AM

Kaptainkrunch you are so missing the point. She was using the BMW as a descriptor if he would have been driving a Ford Focus she would have said that. Her heart was in the right place by trying to point out his kindness. Your heart is not by trying to find fault in a simple thank you. Scrooge

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Sep-23-13 8:30 AM

Too often people dont bother to say thanks. And all to often people dont trust their gut when they feel threatened.

good job from you Miss on both counts

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Sep-21-13 7:11 PM

Wholeheartedly agree KaptainKrunch. The BMW convertible had to be mentioned several times in the letter, for whatever reason, as well as the scruffiness of "that man".

Christine, whether or not you're prejudiced, your thanks misses the mark. I'm willing to bet there are many others who feel the same way.

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Sep-21-13 12:48 PM

Were suspicious? You have already proven to be one who judges the book by the cover or in this case perceived "scruffiness". How do you know the the intentions of the "suspicious looking scruffy unkempt" man were any less honorable than the BMW man? You don't. Maybe he was a Dr. who just finished a double shift or a undercover police officer doing his job. You wanna see "scruffy" Ms. Bean you should see my older brother after a week of deer camp, and he is a cardiac RN, a week of not shaving doesn't seem to effect his skills. Fifty years after Dr. King asked people to be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin it appears we have a ways to go. Guess he should have included hair length, perceived cleanliness, and make of car also.

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Sep-17-13 11:27 AM

I thanked him, because it was a kind gesture of him, nothing more, nothing less. People often don't get thanked or appreciated for a kind gesture. I just wanted to acknowledge his help since I didn't know who he was. As for the reference to "BMW" I could have described him by his hair color, the fact he was driving a convertible or something else, but that didn't seem distinct enough. And maybe someone else did the same thing for someone else on a different day. Since I saw "BMW" on his car I used that. It had nothing to do with my feeling safer, because he was driving a BMW. Such suspicious people you are!

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Sep-16-13 2:00 PM

I also found it odd that she had to thank the man driving the BMW convertible. Why not just thank the man in the car who helped you? Something a little fishy in this story.

BTW: I loved the reference to Jesus!

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Sep-16-13 9:19 AM

So it's the BMW convertible that made her feel safe? Some of the worlds biggest scumbags drive fancy cars. Wonder how she would react to my friend the Baptist minister on his Harley? Ms. Bean, Jesus had long hair, a beard, and rode a donkey I'll bet he looked pretty "scruffy".......

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