So I exit the gym today and see a skinny young black kid running, with a red faced white guy in hot pursuit. My powers of deduction made me instantly aware that this was probably not a competitive but friendly foot race.
So, the white dude is shouting: "STOP THAT MAN!" -and I easily could have, I was twice the kids size, but I didn't.
Now I feel bad. Because you know, I could have tripped the white dude and thus given the presumed pickpocket a fighting chance. It would have been a poignant real life lesson to the pursuer about protecting his own property.
As it turned out, there were uniformed police on the very next street corner, and the merry chase came to an end right then and there.
Did I do the right thing in staying neutral? What would you do, and why?