When the women on BYU-Hawaii campus heard about a German groom leaving his newlywed bride at a gas station, they were astounded. It was made very clear, by female student’s comments, that this was “not right.”
According to AP, “The couple was heading home to Berlin from France when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late Thursday, Oct. 10, to fill up their van. The woman had been sleeping in the back but got up — unbeknownst to the man — to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned. Only after 2 ½ hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police, who said she was patiently waiting.”
Men should take note, for future reference, leaving your bride at a gas station or forgetting about her in general, is not the best way to start of one’s marriage. A variety of students, particularly women, were asked how they would react in a situation such as this one, and surprisingly each one them reacted in essentially the same way. All felt the very thought of something like this actually happening was absurd and unreal. They further expressed their disbelief and anger in the matter. After all, what bride wants to be left at a gas station?
Although she is unmarried, Alex Dunn, a freshman in psychology from Utah, said she would be upset if this happened to her. “I don’t know how you can forget someone like that. I would assume she’d try to call him or something; I definitely would not have just sat there though. I would have gone somewhere or done something or tried to get ahold of him somehow.” She continued, “I’d be way mad. I’d be like ‘We’re on our honeymoon and you didn’t realize that I wasn’t in the car with you?’”
Jessica Judson, a freshman in music education from Utah, agreed with Dunn. Judson said, “I don’t think I would be very patient. I think I would probably be really upset, like when he got back. But what else do you do? I would try and call him or maybe public transportation? I don’t know, but I would be mad once I found him again. How do you forget someone on your honeymoon?”
Rebecca Jacobs, a freshman in physics education from Canada, said the groom’s actions did not impress her. “If I was left at a gas station, I would be angry, and I wouldn’t wait for four hours. I would probably leave. I’d start walking or something. I think that’s just crazy.” She continued, “I would be angry. I couldn’t divorce him, cause we’d be married in the temple, but I’d yell at him for sure. I don’t think that’s right at all.”