Addict assaults wife in public, forces my hand

For the first time since living in Brazil for over a year and a half, I saw something that really made feel uncomfortable.

Ironically it happened in the most prestigious and expensive neighborhood in Rio — Leblon.

I was in line to check out at the pharmacy. The customer at the register was paying, when a homeless guy started to make a fuss accusing her of taking his money.

He was relentless. As she was paying he was pulling, accusing and grabbing.

The security guard kept him away from the women while she was in the store, but after she paid and she entered the street…

… things changed.

It started to escalate to where the guy was man-handling her and getting to the point where I considered it assault.

And the strangest part was NOBODY was doing anything.

I couldn’t take it anymore, and as I started to walk towards them, the pharmacy security guard informed me that they were a couple and that the guy had been “huffing”. (as-in paint thinner or something of the like) The guy was high.

I don’t know if it’s because I had a single mother for a large part of my life or if it’s because of my Montana roots and hearing my Grandpa saying, “under zero circumstances should a man lay his hands on a woman”, I was going to put a stop to this.

Fortunately, at the same time, 2 other HUGE, cauliflower-eared (from Brazilian Ji-jujitsu), more qualified security guards crossed to the street to confront the guy.

The guy, high as a kite, entered the street still yelling at the ‘wife’ and didn’t flinch as 7 (I counted) cars swerved, missing him by inches.


Besides being a seriously crazing story, I couldn’t help but draw a conclusion to life in general.

There were at least 100+ people witnessing this. And only 3 were willing to ‘take action’… willing to try and do something about it.

I’m NOT trying to portray me as some hero, I’m not. But I am an action taker. If I see something I don’t like, want or agree with, I’ll try and change it. I’ll DO something about it.

Many people in life just choose to accept ‘it’. Whatever it is: shitey business, unhappy marriage, unhealthy body, etc.

3% are willing to action (sometimes in spite of fear) and 97% just watch life happen and take what’s left to them.

It’s sad but it’s true.

I want to invite you to be a part of the 3%.

Find out how here:

Onward and upward,

Jeff “Sterling” Paro
The Chiro Speaking Co.

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