I used to work the graveyard at a convenience store near my place. Pretty normal night. Clean, stock smokes, clean again, sit behind the counter.
Then a woman came in about mid 30's with a little boy with her. She was in tears and her clothes were torn a bit. There were some unusual colors blooming under her skin. I get a really ugly feeling.
She comes up and asks to use the phone. When she got off without apparently getting an answer, she asked to stay here for a bit.
I told her it would be no problem, and she settles her kid. I make a quiet phone call to the police about a suspected abuse victim and her child hiding out in my store.
I wound up giving her and her kid free drinks and one of the sandwiches we have on the hot rack, partly to keep them around, partly because I felt like they could use a good steaming cup of human kindness right about then.
She was in the store for about 15 minutes when her "boyfriend" came in and found her and her kid.
He was pretty calm at first but then started screaming at her and telling her she needs to come with him. She refuses to go, and he's getting more and more agressive.
Now, I'm a pretty chill guy, but Mr Baseball Bat? He's getting mightily offended by this guy, and Mr Baseball Bat thinks "boyfriend" oughta learn to be nicer. And I don't argue with Mr Baseball Bat when he gets in one of his... moods. My fingers are curling around Mr Baseball Bat, who is pretty insistent that we handle this problem... his way.
Luckily before anything crazy happened, a cruiser pulls up to the front and two cops come in and intervene.
The "boyfriend" was arrested right then and there.
My fears were confirmed. The "boyfriend" had been beating her in front of her kid, and she was trying to run away. I'm glad I got to keep her away from harm for at least a little bit.
Mr Baseball Bat still thinks we should have just turned off the security cameras and had a little "talk" with the boyfriend though... Do you think Mr Baseball Bat has anger issues, or is this normal? ;)