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Do you pick up Hitchhikers? Do you give money to those that ask.

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Do you pick up Hitchhikers?

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Sometimes they are gratef... 0 0.00%
 
Sometimes 6 21.43%
 
Rarely I've seen how that movie ends 1 3.57%
 
Never 20 71.43%
 
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Mama always said it is a good way to get killed but 9 times out of 10 I will pick up a hitchhiker if they are traveling the same direction as me, there are no kids in the car,  and I'm not running terribly late.  What about you? 

 

Edit: Where do you live? As one poster pointed out in their country it is a really bad idea.  Here in the USA perhaps you have better odds.

 

I would imagine more times than not when approached at a gas station that I've allowed myself to be scammed out of cash by those "down on their luck". More times than not I will go ahead and give them 20 or 40 bucks.  Have you ever been approached by one of these people? If so how do you normally handle it?

Last edited by The_Yoda - on 26 March 2018

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No, I'm a paranoid being myself so there's no way I'd be comfortable doing that.



In my country (Brazil) that's a good way to get yourself killed, robbed, or both. So i rarely if ever pick up hitchhikers. Then again it's very rare to see anyone asking for a ride, as getting in a car driven by a stranger is also a good way to get yourself killed, robbed or both.



Hirouakan said:
In my country (Brazil) that's a good way to get yourself killed, robbed, or both. So i rarely if ever pick up hitchhikers. Then again it's very rare to see anyone asking for a ride, as getting in a car driven by a stranger is also a good way to get yourself killed, robbed or both.

You don't see near as many these days hitchhiking as you did when I was a kid.  I've had to walk 5+ miles a couple of times in my life and I have yet to ask for a ride.  The worst one was a 12 mile walk in the middle of winter.  I'm not sure why I feel safer giving a ride than getting one ...

Last edited by The_Yoda - on 26 March 2018

No, I don't pick up hitchhikers. It's easy having a goof up with some absolute stranger and you're also behind the wheel so you can't do much about it.

Well, what can I give those who beg for money? I'm a mere student myself.
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The_Yoda said:
Hirouakan said:
In my country (Brazil) that's a good way to get yourself killed, robbed, or both. So i rarely if ever pick up hitchhikers. Then again it's very rare to see anyone asking for a ride, as getting in a car driven by a stranger is also a good way to get yourself killed, robbed or both.

You don't see near as many these days hitchhiking as you did when I was a kid.  I've had to walk 5+ miles a couple of times in my life and I have yet to ask for a ride.  The worst one was a 12 mile walk in the middle of winter.  I'm not sure why I feel safer giving a ride than getting one ...

i guess being in control of the vehicle and where to go helps increase the sense of security. It's kind of an implied deterrence. If they try anything funny, there's a chance you could crash the car and they'd be potentially killed/hurt in the process. Or you could eject their seat if you car have that option.



I don't pick up hitch hikers. When I was 18-21, I would pick up kids after school in my hometown and let them ride in the back of the truck if they were going my way, but that was also a small town.

And I will never give money to a bum. I'll give them water, a snack, left over fast food, etc; but I will never support their transient lifestyle. Others can do what they want, but I'll take no part in it.



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