Yes, if he wasn't ill kempt ...
So you think if he was dirty, smelled like alcohol and was dressed in ragged clothing it would not be okay? But as long as he's clean and neat and shiny he would be perfectly safe?
Well not quite. A very public bus stop on a street with other adults walking around, a one time deal of a non-threatening person, male or female handing out flyers to some school kids, is not a situation I, personally, would bring to the attention of the authorities.
The title of this thread was asking for viewpoints. That's just my viewpoint.
My neighborhood is 2 large circular streets that cross each other, but it is tucked away at the top of a hill surrounded by some woods. It is not a cut through for any other neighborhoods. The traffic that comes through, both foot and vehicular, is residents and their visitors. This is not a public bus stop, but rather a bus stop for the elementary school bus. These kids are K-5th, but at our stop, of the dozen kids, the majority are 2nd & 3rd graders. There were 2 women taking their daily walk, a dad waiting for his son on his porch across the street from my house and a mom waiting on the street 2 houses down from me, and myself. The kids are going to the houses down the street from mine. And, to a child, a person they do not know, male or female, well dressed or dirty, jumping out of a car and running to catch up to them can be scary. My own 7 yr old DD who was with me was startled by this woman's behavior and the boys she was trying to get to talk to her looked at her but kept walking as they should. I understand that is your opinion esposita that you find it rude to ignore someone calling out to you to try and give you something (with the caveat that they are not a homeless looking person), but even I will not stop for people trying to hand me fliers, and I sure as heck have told my kids to never stop when a stranger tries to stop them and engage them in conversation if I am not with them, especially with a running car with the door hanging open. Maybe I have watched too many Lifetime movies, but this whole scenario was just making my brain scream WRONG!
Thank you Jones..I was unsure if I went over the top or was rude in stopping her. To me, anyone, no matter what they look like or what gender they are, should never do what this woman did..maybe she just wasn't thinking, but when an adult says stop bothering the kids and the kids themselves will not stop and talk, leave them be!