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Poll: Give a Stranger a Ride?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Low-Sci, Aug 16, 2006.

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Do you give this stranger a ride?

  1. Yes, I give him a ride.

    52 vote(s)
    27.1%
  2. No, I do not give him a ride.

    117 vote(s)
    60.9%
  3. I offer some other form of assistance.

    23 vote(s)
    12.0%
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  1. Low-Sci

    Low-Sci Member

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    Here's what's up: You're walking to your car, its daylight, and on the sidewalk in front of you, you see a very big guy, linebacker build, on crutches. He's moving along in front of you, and you overtake him just as you get to your car.

    He's black, about 6'6". He's wearing a white polo shirt, tan cargo khakis, and he's carrying a black leather pouch that looks basically like a pencil case; it doesn't look big enough to contain a gun. He has a cast on his foot.

    He asks you:"Hey buddy, can I get a ride with you? The Greyhound station is four blocks away, and I'm probably gonna miss my bus."

    You know where the bus station that he's referring to is.
     
  2. Third_Rail

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    If I'm alone, sure. If my wife is with me, nope, sorry, gotta run.
     
  3. torpid

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    Is he cute?

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  4. Hkmp5sd

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    No rides. No one. No time. White/Black/Male/Female/No way. More than happy to call you a cab.
     
  5. sacp81170a

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    Sure I'd give him a ride. He'll have to get in the back of my old rattletrap truck with the crates of chickens and hogs. In the meantime, the sheriff would be chasing the Duke boys in the Jumpin' General Lee right down the street at me. I'd swerve to miss the boys, run over the fire hydrant in front of the bus station, and come to a halt in the lobby while Boss Hogg stood on the sidewalk, spluttering with anger over getting wet under the stream of water. Oh, I forgot running over the cart full of watermelons on the sidewalk. The chickens and the hog would get loose and run around the bus station, and as the bus left the station, we'd have a shot of a chicken in the back window as the diesel fumes coiled "up around the tail lights". That big diesel engine is a playin' my song... :neener:
     
  6. bouis

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    I'd probably give him a ride. But I'm from one of those peculiar places where there are a lot of black people and not much crime. My next door neighbors when I was a kid was black and I don't think I've ever lived more than a couple hundred yards from upstanding black people. Around these parts I wouldn't hesitate to offer _any_ stranger a ride, except the scruffy-looking ramblers on the interstates...

    But I'm not stupid -- I wouldn't stop for anybody in urban America. My old man got a gun stuck in his face when two black guys standing next to a car with its hood up flagged him down in New Orleans about ten years ago. When he slowed down they pretty much jumped in front of his truck and that was that.
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    I use to work in car rental :rolleyes: I use to give A LOT of strange people rides :what: What it taught me was to trust my instincts. If your initial impression is that this guy seems okay, give him a ride, if you get any feeling of negativity re: this guy, don't do it.
     
  8. Roadwild17

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    +1 on 10Ring

    I believe you gut feeling will bring you home 99 times out of 100. Remember, your gut wants you to live so you can stuff cheeseburgers and beer down :rolleyes: .
     
  9. ID_shooting

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    yes, give him a ride, but in the back of the truck only.
     
  10. Lonestar

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    HECK NO!!! Like HKMP said, I don't care who you are I'm not giving you a ride and in reverse, I would not accept a ride. Would you want your wife/girlfriend/child to accept a ride from a stranger??? I would gladly offer assistance, or let them use my cell phone, but no one gets in the car. No one hitchhikes anymore for a reason.
     
  11. carterbeauford

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    I was always taught don't talk to strangers and don't give anyone a ride :uhoh:

    Good friends of my grandparents were killed by a hitchhiker, so I was taught this as far back as I can remember.

    Being a commercial driver, I have an excuse not to give someone a ride if I'm in my big truck. In my little truck, still, no. Never.
     
  12. cavman

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    I've been without a car, and truding along on foot makes one appreciate folks willing to stop and help you out.

    I will almost always give someone a ride that I see asking for a lift.

    have a great day,
    cavman
     
  13. Erebus

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    If I don't know you, no rides, never, ever. If you are in a jam I will call you a cab and maybe even pay for it if it's a short trip and I believe your story. I give a woman with children the benefit of the doubt and make sure she gets were she is trying to go safely. Giving a $20 bill to a cabbie is better than taking the chance I get robbed, hijacked, etc, and I don't have to feel bad about leaving a woman or her children high and dry.

    My mother's uncle gave a young woman a ride one time cause she had a sob story and she shot him in the head for his trouble. She shot him by his right ear and by some miracle the bullet went down his sinus pasage into his mouth and knocked 2 teeth out. She freaked and ran and he managed to get himself to the hospital before he bled out.

    She turned herself in later because she couldn't find any info on if he died and her conscience got to her. Apparently it was gang initiation related.

    I don't give rides to strangers.
     
  14. moredes

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    Grew up in Berkeley in the late 60's. Hitch-hiked all the time; rides were easy then. Met all kinds, too.

    Today, I wouldn't give anyone's dog a ride. I'm packed everywhere I go, but I don't need the aggravation. On crutches, black, 6' 6", none of that's got anything to do with it. Though I did give a LOL ('little old lady' in yesterday's parlance) who was walking in the cemetery a ride to the grave she wanted... but that's different.
     
  15. Essex County

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    As a teenager I hitched a lot. It was very comon in the sixties and into the seventies. I said yes, but only in small town America, I wouldn't in a large urban area....Essex
     
  16. AJAX22

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    By myself, in small town america, yeah I'd probably give the guy a lift. I've given alot of rides in my home town, I never had anything worth stealing, always had iron hidden within reach.

    Every guy is different, lookem in the eyes.

    In urban america, no

    with anyone else in the car, no

    I can gamble with my own life and my own money, but I won't with anyone else's
     
  17. SuperNaut

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    I hitched from Chicago to Salt Lake City in 1986 when I was 19. I also used to give rides all the time. That was back when if I were robbed, they'd get pocket lint and a corn nut.

    I have more to lose now.
     
  18. redneckdan

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    Like 10-ring said, you can usually judge the person. Last winter my sled broke down about 40 miles from town. I had walked the 5 miles to US-41 and had turned toward town when a trucker stopped and picked me up. Last fall I picked up a guy who was stranded out on a snowmobile trail with a broken truck.
     
  19. ron8903

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    No rides.
    Too many Otis Otoole's and Henry Lucas types on the roads.:evil:
     
  20. BRASSM

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    I have been a cab driver in the past, I prefered to drive at night. And although I can pretty much avoid trouble I don't look for it. Normally I would not give a stranger a lift, especially in an urban area. I also consider a rural setting just as dangerous even though there are just fewer people. Back when I was stationed at Minot North Dakota, it was like an unwritten code that in the winter, if you saw a stranded motorist you would pick them up. But then it was a matter of survival and there was almost no crime up there. [the -40 kept the rifraf out].
     
  21. longeyes

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    The question to ask is, is his "brain squirmin' like a toad?"

    If not, sure.
     
  22. Sindawe

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    Nope, no rides unless recognize the person as someone who lives in my community and someone I've meet before.

    longeyes: Dude, you've just dated yourself with the toad comment. :neener: Oh, wait a moment... :uhoh:
     
  23. Tim Burke

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    A cast? You mean like Ted Bundy had?
    Last time I gave someone a ride it was 2 men carrying a gas can on the side of the interstate just leaving a stranded school bus that was full of kids and had a paint job that designated that it was from a church. I drove them to the gas station, and back to the bus.
     
  24. Low-Sci

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    What I actually did...

    This happened yesterday, a couple hours before I made the poll, which I made because it got me wondering about it.

    This guy was monstrous. He was 5 inches taller than me and probably nearly twice my weight, and he obviously didn't get that way out of laziness. And I was feeling good because I had just gotten out of a very ugly, completely unrelated deal earlier that morning.

    You get vibes from different sorts of people. Maybe "vibe" isn't the right word for the situation, but I think the point is made. I've gotten bad feelings from people, and this guy didn't ping on the bad-guy sonar even a little.

    I used to live in the neighborhood that he was walking through, it was busy as hell because it was move-in day on campus, and the bus station was, as far as someone capable of unmitigated walking, very close by. I was alone, and the other factors involved told me that the risk was basically zero, even if he could crush my head with one hand.

    He introduced himself by name, shook my hand, asked for my name before asking for anything at all. So I didn't really sweat it.

    I know its generally a bad idea to give strangers a ride, but I didn't see any risk on this one.
     
  25. dracphelan

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    Yes, but in the back of my truck with me helping him in & out. I've been in his situation, so I know how he feels.
     
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