The ‘Help’ Offer Incident

On the way to office today, I saw a damsel-in-distress pushing a kinetic scooter. The chivalrous in me (and the male) goaded me to go and help.

Me: How can I help you?
She: No, thanks.
Me: Yes, I did say that to the guy who offered me drugs. But how does that help you?
long blank stare…
She: Excuse me?

She refused help but I couldn’t help telling myself that I should’ve used the standard, “Do you need any help?” instead.

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