I would stop and help, not because of how she looks but because she would look like she needed help and offer to call someone for her. (Even though I know zip about a car engine)
I heard someone did an experiment like this and had the girl say, “I think it’s the flux capacitor!” Apparently, a shocking amount of guys agreed with her.
Also, it is 2 am and I can’t stop reading. Excellent job!
HA HA HA HA HA HA. This made my day!
If someone said that to me, I’d probably just say, “Reverse the polarity!” in response.
Partly because that’s what one does to a Flux Capacitor, and partly because I know absolutely nothing about car engines except for some (very) basic knowledge of what goes where. If your oil pan has dropped out of your engine, I’ll probably realize it, but if you broke a spark plug or something, I’d be stumped.
I like you. Now I’m thinking of STAR TREK and Stargate at the same time.
The proper response in such cases would be: “Well there’s your problem… Most alternators can’t put out 1.21 gigawatts!”
Then I’d call AAA…
“Gettin’ Jiggy wit tha’ Watts” – Will Smith; Doc Brown remix
I call it girl in the gas station parking lot syndrome. If a girl stands with the hood of her car up in a gas station parking lot for long enough some guy will come and try to help her. I have been actively, and competently changing my tires and every time some stranger will come and try to help, always someone genuinely looking to help but sometimes it can be a little weird.
I always have a few rules of thumb for this. First off, I have to be able to help in order to help (can’t be injured, sick, dressed nicely, able to make time etc). So given that,
1) Do they look like they’ve got it or that they need help?
2) Are they dressed nicely to the point that helping them will keep them from getting dirty?
3) Do weather conditions warrant help (being extra hot or cold or wet)?
4) See if they need to call someone.
In any sci-fi setting, there’s one standing rule.
When in doubt, reverse the polarity. Then, punch it.
uh-oh, this won’t end well…
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