Let me start this by apologizing for being negative here.
So last night I stopped at a Pilot in Arkansas at 3:00 AM to get ice and clean the windshield. I was approached by a lady asking for money. At first I thought,…..well, you know. But she said she was traveling across country and someone had smashed her window and stolen her purse. She had no money, credit cards or ID. She was out of gas and stuck. I had no idea if she was telling the truth, you get hit up pretty often at truck stops for money, but I figured it was not up to me to judge. I gave her five bucks and went into the store for ice. I kept thinking about her predicament and decided that I was not OK with leaving it like that. I went back out and found her talking to another driver and I asked her to pull her car up to the gas pumps and I would fill it. The good news is that prompted the other driver to offer her $10 so now she had $15. Unfortunately she only had an 11 gallon tank. So I filled it and then asked if she was hungry. We went in and I got her a sandwich, carrots and a Gatorade. I wish I could have done more and I have no idea what she does when that all runs out. As we walked into the store I told her that she should be able to get help at truck stops, she told me that I was the first that had been willing to help her for “free”. I got sick to my stomach. Three drivers had offered to help her if she worked it off. What kind of pigs are there? I can see saying no, but what jerk would say something like that. There are hookers who hang out at truck stops and they are not hard to find, why terrorize someone?
Please keep her in your prayers.
Trust me, I try to help as many people as I possibly can whenever I can and I expect nothing in return. But unfortunately I know this is a running scam. It is one of many I have picked up on running around the country. Not only has it happened to me several times, it has happened to others. I’m glad you helped, lets be clear about that, but I just thought you might want to know. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough money to help everyone who comes asking, so I have to pick the stories that I believe are not just repeated daily. I have run into people who have needed help, and I’m the first one to help. Whether it be changing tires or walking up to someone on the street who is obviously hungry and buying them food. The problem is that the scammers cloud the field.
I’m going to continue helping folks. But I’m also going to continue being careful that I’m just handing out my limited money to those who really need the hand.
Wow RC, I feel sorry for the fact you feel that way. I will only live my life expecting the best in everyone. I would rather be dissappointed than pessimistic. I decided when I made the offer that it did not matter if it was true or not.
You have always been a special kind of guy and the Christian in you will always ooze out, even without your effort. I am enormously proud of you. Love, Dad
Hate to say this, but you fell for the oldest scam in the book. I’d bet my left leg she lived locally and is at that truck stop (or a nearby one) every night. These folks are professionals. They do this for a living. The same sob story repeated over and over at every truck stop in the country.