i ran into this moral dilemma today while waiting for the train. Just as the train was arriving, i noticed a subway fare card falling to the tracks from the handbag of this person while she was removing her cellphone from her handbag… and she did not seem to notice it, from where I stood.
part of me wanted to cry out to her, “excuse me! you dropped your subway pass!” but i feared this might lead her to panic and leap to the tracks as the train pulled in.
but then if i did not say anything, she might then spend fruitless hours of frustration searching for it tomorrow morning. and, i really did not want her to have to discover this on her way to work. i know what an awful feeling that can be.
that was 5 hours ago and i am still mulling over the right thing to do. i like to think that i saved her life.