The last 24 hours have been hazy. I woke up, realized people were ruthless, and ended up with a one way to Texas all because of an iPhone. Every time I leave back for New York there are two things my dad always tells me (well technically three if you consider the endless ranting about when I am moving home… not yet dad… not yet.)
1.) Never do anything unethical for extra cash. Side note – unethical to my conservative old man means bartending since alcohol is the forbidden fruit. And,
2) Always stay safe.
OH how his advice resonates today.
You will never know when someone is ready to brutally attack you for your possessions, something as little as a cell phone, so it’s always great to know a little self-defense. If you don’t know how to karate chop a B, here are some great safety tips to keep under your belt whether you live in NY, Texas, or anywhere else in the world.
- Offer it. If you have the chance to say something, say “You can have my phone and wallet” and then toss it the opposite direction giving you some time to walk/run away in the other direction.
- In an extreme situation, you can use everyday objects as a weapon. A pen or pencil can be used as a dagger, or a phone or lamp could be used as a club.
- If you have a chance, go for the eyes, nose, groin or throat.
- Use your elbow or knees.
- Get loud.
- Just know your surroundings and be prepared for the worst… Mace in your purse isn’t helpful.
Stay Safe New York!