Now if it had been a Bank Robber or someone attacking a little old lady I would have donned my Bank Guard's hat and sprung into action! But as it was I have just become another has "seen".
Such is the background to the story in the headlines today!
We are constantly amazed by the reactions of all those people who are "certain" that they have seen little Maddie in places all over the World but who just sit on the sidelines, do nothing, and then report the matter to the police at some later time. Surely one of these people must have the gumption to shout, grab the girl, lash out at the "abductors" and at least do something to try and resolve the situation. Unless the other person were the guilty party no-one should object to being approached, particularly as the whole sorry affair has had World Wide publicity.
A few shopkeepers in the Llandudno area have been asked what they would do if a person entered their shop with a child they thought was Maddie, and the general reply was that they would certainly take some positive action. Perhaps if others had done the same then, by now, the whole Maddie saga could well have been closed.
It is, however, unfortunate that there are thousands of little girls who could be mistaken for Madeleine and the sightings will no doubt continue for many months to come. Perhaps one of these "sightings" will remind the observer that there is still a massive reward and prompt some serious action.