It could be nothing, but it’ll probably be cataclysmic!
Did they smell a bit funny or were they making odd noises? Were they also carrying a rucksack?
Did you walk past this person and do nothing more than pinch your nose and cover your eyes?
Did you just keep your fingers crossed and hope they wouldn’t lynch you? Did you breathe a sigh of relief once the coast was clear?
Well, it may have been the case that this person was a terrorist. This person could have been on their way to committing an act of violent suicide with the full intent of hurting and maiming others.
It may be that this person was carrying a gun, an axe or a spoon that they were about to use on an unsuspecting baby.
It may even have been the case that this person, whom you walked past and did nothing to impede, went on to blow up an orphanage or an old people’s home.
You had the chance to stop that person in their tracks, but you didn’t.
You could have been a life-saver, a hero, the foil to an act of genocide that would have seen you lauded across the media and receive an award from Carol Vorderman on the Pride of Britain Awards.
Instead, you sought only to protect yourself. You’re a selfish, treasonous narcissist. But we’ll let you off – on one condition. Next time you see someone with scuffed shoes or a nose stud, report it to the police via our special Anti Terrorism Hotline on 0999 999 9999.
Your call will be handled in strict confidence. Tell us what the suspect looked like, where they were going and how foreign they were and we’ll discreetly eliminate them from existence.
Your call could save literally trillions of human lives, and afterwards you’ll be able to tell your friends that you helped stop the next 9/11.
Thank you for your assistance, and godspeed.