Question: Are you a Bad Sam-aritan? Your website claims that "we, as a country, have a responsibility to look out for each other." But 78 year old newspaper delivery man, Ali Arkin, claims you ignored him when he was mugged outside your house along his route. He had two black eyes, was suffering from a few kidney punches and asked you to dial 911. He claims you agreed to do so, but no police or ambulance ever came. Arkin amazingly finished his route and then called police. He was scolded for not calling sooner, but told police that Siobhan had promised him she would do so. The responding officer checked with the dispatcher and subsequently told Mr. Arkin that no call had been received from you. Is Mr. Arkin mistaken? Didn't you have a responsibility to look out for him?
"I broke up that mugging. What are you talking about? I've even called in stabbings. We are the first ones to call in disturbances. He [Ali] was getting mugged on my front steps, and I went outside in my pajamas and broke it up. I made sure he was OK. I told him to stop delivering the paper in the dark. He was traumatized. I stayed in communication with him throughout that whole thing. I was not the one who called the dispatcher. I get my paper later now. I told him not to deliver until it is lighter."
I later received an email from Bennett asking me to add this to her original answer.
"Living as we do next door to the Hotel Traylor, my husband and I over the years have found ourselves calling the police frequently about stabbings, gunshots, street fights and more. When I jumped out of bed and flung open the front door of our home early that morning, I incorrectly assumed it was yet another drunken interaction on our front steps. My response was to admonish the misbehavers and send them home. I did not know that our newspaper man had actually been mugged until the next day when he and I spoke on the phone. I’m glad I opened my door and hopefully prevented further harm from being committed in response to the noise I heard. But in hindsight I wish that I had known what was really happening, because in that event I would have called the police.”