What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 6 – The Mother And Child Dilemma

5 Apr

The woman thanks you for letting them in. She says you saved their lives and she’ll be forever in your debt. As she picks up her young child, you notice some fresh blood on his back. The woman hurriedly pulls his t-shirt down and says it’s just a scratch he got when climbing through a broken window. It looks more like a bite to you but you can’t be sure and she won’t let you examine him properly. To send them back out would mean certain death but if the child has been bitten he’ll turn, risking the lives of your family and friends. What do you do?


As always, this dilemma is just here to make you think, so there’s no right or wrong answer. Vote in the poll to let others what you do if you were in this situation, and if you want to give a more detailed answer, leave a comment on this posting.

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6 Responses to “What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 6 – The Mother And Child Dilemma”

  1. jkholmes92 05/04/2013 at 20:43 #

    There is no way I’d be able to kick them out even if I wanted to. I’d probably let the child eat me if he turned.

    • cmdrysdale 05/04/2013 at 21:10 #

      You say that now …

      Only joking. I suspect that most people who let them stay even if they thought the kid had been bitten. I know it’s what I’d do, even if I thought it might well be the wrong thing. Although I’d lock them in a room and only let them out if the child didn’t turn after a good few days. Not too sure what I’d do if he did turn. Probably just leave them there and move on to somewhere else.

      • jkholmes92 05/04/2013 at 21:14 #

        I didn’t notice the bit about family and friends. I don’t know then, obviously my family safety would rule over anything else, but if I did turf them out it would probably haunt me for the rest of my life. It would if we could leave the ‘safe house’ safely.

      • cmdrysdale 05/04/2013 at 21:22 #

        Yes, the issue about having to choose between condemning the strangers when they might be okay and potentially risking the lives of your family makes things more complicated. In some ways, what ever you do, you’re likey to be left wondering if you did the right thing or not for the rest of your life (but this is the zombie apocalypse so that might not be very long!).

      • jkholmes92 05/04/2013 at 21:25 #

        If it was a zombie apocalypse I would have been one of the first to go as I would’ve been cowering under my duvet.

      • cmdrysdale 06/04/2013 at 00:07 #

        Oddly, I’ve been in some really hairy situations in my life and you can never tell how you or anyone else will react until you’re really pushed. Only then will you know how you’d react to something that was really life-altering. In my experience, the ones who are all confident and in control in real life are generally the ones who turn and run or who fall to pieces, it’s the ones who doubt themselves that seem to be best prepared for when things go tits up. If a zombie apocalypse happened, I supsect you’d do much better than you’d think since you seem to have your head screwed on the right way, but let’s hope you never need to find out!

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