It’s a sad indication of the times we live in when someone doing a good turn is worried about the consequences of their actions.
And, no, I’m not talking about shooting a suspected thief ... just an honest, public-spirited act that, in years gone by, would never have raised an eyebrow.
Let me explain.
While walking with his mum in Plean Country Park my four-year-old son suddenly disappeared from sight.
As Pauline became increasingly frantic, a couple of dog walkers volunteered their assistance and a quick phone call later and I was on my way to join the search.
Thankfully, on my arrival I was greeted by the sight of Calum in the safe hands of a couple who had found him wandering around shouting for his ‘maw’, as he insists on calling her.
A few minutes later they were re-united, much to the relief of everyone involved.
However, the man who had come to the rescue admitted he was worried he’d be suspected of trying to abduct a wee boy so had contacted the police.
Isn’t that so sad? Hopefully we will never get to the situation where someone will ignore a lost child for fear of what accusations may be thrown at them.