Reader Tales From the City
In the 1970s, I was substitute teaching in a school in the South Bronx — a tough time to be working in a tough part of the city.
One day, I was looking out the classroom window during a break when I saw a man under my car. I figured he was trying to get the car started in some way or steal parts. I knew I couldn’t just watch him and do nothing. On the other hand, I could be putting my life in danger by confronting him.
I threw caution to the wind and prepared to meet my uncertain fate. With my heart racing I bolted out of the school, ran down the street and was about to yell at him to get away from the car.
Just as I opened my mouth, the perpetrator pulled out from under the car, holding a cat.
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