Received Friday, November 2, 2007
I just returned from an outing with my child and witnessed something deeply disturbing. I am only of the area 3 months, so I am going to report this everywhere I can. I hope you will let me report it here, even though it does not involve a nanny or a child. I witnessed two nursing aides/ adult companions earlier this morning. One was wearing a blue smock that had two large front pockets and buttoned up the front and a peach l/s shirt underneath. She was white and on the heavy side, with blonde hair and an attractive face. The other was Hispanic with an athletic build, pretty face and dressed in grey stretch pants with a black corduroy jacket. She may have been visiting the other, but did seem connected to the patient or at the least very familiar. The patient was in a wheelchair, a white woman, thin, with a quilt across her lap, she had a short white, tight perm in her hair, very pale skin, blue eyes, was sitting very upright in her chair and she had a nervous energy. She was layered in a number of clothes including a blue/grey down looking jacket. From a distance everything seemed fine, as I passed near, I overheard what was going on. The patient may have had dementia or something because she said, 'who is that man. is there a man in the bushes'. There clearly was no man. The two girls were laughing at her and saying things like, "yes, there is a man", "Oh, my God, he looks so scary", The already nervous woman said, 'what, what does he want with us" and the two women were still laughing and pretending to see him and talk to him. I really don't want to write it all down, but some of what was said by the two women were, "what do you want with us", "oh you don't want anything with us", "oh her, oh no", "what are you going to do to her", "Oh my God", "No, please don't rape her". I hope I am making this clear the two were pretending to have a conversation with a frightening man who the woman thought was in the near and they were trying to convince the already nervous and scared woman that the man was there specifically to hurt her. The two were having a great laugh at this woman's expense. I should have done something then and there, but I didn't.