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By Alice Du Pont

Just when I think I've heard it all, I come across an official report that makes me wonder what some people are thinking.

Picture this: You're driving down the street and come upon a car accident. There are no other cars around and it looks like a pretty bad one-car accident. For most people, even the faint of heart, the first instinct would be to check to see if anyone is in the car, if the person is injured and get help.

A few weeks ago that didn't happen. The first person to arrive on the scene of an accident, according to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, helped himself to the victim's clothing, money, jewelry and various other personal belongs. The victim died from injuries suffered in the accident.

This reminds me of the Wild West when people would take the boots off a dead man. I don't know if the offender, who was charged with robbery and petit theft, needed the man's clothes and other items but I doubt he was that desperate. Was it greed or purely disregard for a fellow human being in a situation who needed help? The man was clearly not able to help himself.

Some would say that what the person did speaks to his character. Personally, I find it hard to believe that someone who would stoop that low knows what character is and if he does, he certainly doesn't have any.

The family of the young man who died more than likely would have given the thief a pair of pants. Their hearts must be saddened to learn that while their loved one struggled to take his final breaths a vulture was picking over his still-warm bones.

What have we come to?

There have always been underhanded people. They're never going anywhere. But as far as I am concerned, this is about and low as a person can go.

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