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If you've picked up a hitch-hiker. . .

Discussion in 'Drivers lounge' started by Denis Hard, Nov 26, 2013.

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  1. Denis Hard

    Denis Hard Member

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    It's always dangerous to pick up hitch-hikers but most truck drivers always do that. Have you ever done that? If so, what made you do it? An attraction to the hitch-hiker or simply a willingness to help a stranger?

    On my part if I were to pick up a hitch-hiker then I'd stop only for someone at a spot where I can all around me [to ensure there's no one waiting to ambush me once I stop] and the hitch-hiker should be carrying nothing. If they have some fancy bag or luggage I'll roar right past them.
     
  2. sidney

    sidney Active Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    I have been picked up with my friends before, (both when we were in our school uniform and in civilian) because my friends were fond of hitching and we were hitching a ride from our school's main entrance. The ride was short anyway, like 3 mins. only because we were just going to a mall which is near our school. I think that if the person is wearing a school uniform and really looks like a student, then most drivers would not be wary or hesitant in picking them up.
     
  3. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I have picked up people in my car before but never a work truck. I drive local anyway so I'm less likely to pick someone up because I wouldn't be going as far as them. Some long haul drivers might do it for the company. Others might do it to help someone out. I think there is more then a few companies that do not want their drivers picking anyone up or taking a passenger period.

    James
     
  4. rocketfish

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    I picked them up all the time when I was younger, but you get more cautious when you are older. The last time I picked anyone up was this past summer - there is a 4 day linear hiking trail nearby that most people do only one way, then catch a bus back to the trailhead. We passed by 2 young ladies who had obviously just come off the trail. They had missed the bus and it runs only once a day. They sorta-kinda had their thumbs out but we just passed by....they seemed like reluctant hitchers. About 10 minutes later we pass a lady of the same age jogging up the highway. She wasn't hitching, but it was obvious she was sent ahead to collect a vehicle. The highway is a much shorter route than the trail, but she had a loooong trek ahead of her. We turned around and asked if she and her friends wanted a ride. She was hesitant at first, but I guess we didn't look too sketchy because she got in. We went back to pick up her friends. You don't hear of a lot of crime in that area, but I would have worried about them being out there all night.
     
  5. rosa

    rosa Active Member Top Contributor

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    I have never picked up a hitch hiker. I like helping others but it is a risk that I am not willing to take, even if it's a woman or the person looks innocent. Sometimes after I pass by the person I feel so bad like I should just go back and give the person a lift but I just follow the rule and drive on.
     
  6. JudyCap

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    I can remember one time years ago I was driving down Burke Rd. I was going to go to Osburn which is the 2nd town from where I started from. I saw this hitchiker who I THOUGHT was my uncle's brother in law- his folks lived up the road so I thought he was walking to town. The guy got in the car, and started talking. After he was in my car, I realized he wasn't who I thought he was. I kinda got a creepy feeling, and decided to tell him I was only going to the Excel Grocery store, that was about a half mile away. I couldn't get rid of him fast enough.

    A few years later, I saw more of this guy and had found out who he was, and that his brain had been fried from drugs. No wonder he seemed strange when I picked him up. I won't pick up a hitch hiker at all any more.
     
  7. sidney

    sidney Active Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    Well it was your intuition at work that you were uneasy when you picked up the guy. So you mean he's mentally unstable now because of the drugs?
     
  8. JudyCap

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    He was mentally unstable at the time I picked him up, yes burnt out on drugs. I don't know about my intuition, just know he wasn't who I thought he was, that kinda freaked me out I think. Later on when I found out who he was and that he was burnt out on drugs he was just as wierd as when I picked him up. No wonder he was strange. Drugs do strange things to people.
     
  9. JudyCap

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    Even tho I no longer pick up hitchikers, there was one time when I felt really bad about not picking up this black guy who was hitchiking outside of Coeur d'Alene Idaho. I live near CDA at Hayden Lake. The Arryan Nations compound used to be at Hayden Lake. Tho the compound got torn down because of a lawsuit that was filed against them there are still plenty of Skin Heads around the area. As I was headed east on I90 I went past this guy hitchiking. After I went past him I was thinking that guy may have a hard time getting a ride out of this area. I think if there had been a place that I could have gotten over to the west bound side without going miles I may have turned around and picked him up. I didn't do it, but I did feel bad for him.
    I watch all kinds of true crime shows, also read books some true, but most fiction. I have a suspicious mind as my Dad was a Police Officer. I like to believe in the good in people, but I know there are some out there that would just as soon hit you on the head and steal your car.
     
  10. Yvette4887

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    Never picked up a hitch hiker and never will. The world is full of crazy people to trust anybody I do not know or trust in the car with me. A lot of people are missing because they decided to be nice and pick up a hitch hiker!
     
  11. Velvetsongs

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    I've had to hitchhike, me and some friends, and it was was two truckers who picked us up, so it's a good thing that some people are still willing to help you out.

    I've also picked up someone that I didn't know, but that's because I recognized them, even though I didn't know them. That was awhile ago. These days it's too dangerous to pick up someone who's hitchhiking.
     
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