Who knew a Reddit thread asking the question, “Have you ever picked up a hitch-hiker?” could tug at your heartstrings so much?
One commenter kinda thread-jacked it with a story about getting stranded on the side of the road. It’s not professionally written, just a guy telling a story (with a big helping of foul language, btw.) But I thought it was a terrific read.
Considering the holiday season, the argument happening over here and the swirling controversy surrounding the “I” word — I think there’s a good message here about humanity and helping people who need it. Confession: I may have teared up a bit.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation … [E]ach of these times this s**t happened I was DISGUSTED with how people would not bother to help me. I spent hours on the side of the freeway waiting, watching roadside assistance vehicles blow past me, for AAA to show. The 4 gas stations I asked for a gas can at told me that they couldn’t loan them out “for my safety” but I could buy a really sh***y 1-gallon one with no cap for $15. It was enough, each time, to make you say s**t like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
But you know who came to my rescue all three times? Immigrants. Mexican immigrants. None of them spoke a lick of the language. But one of those dudes had a profound affect on me.
Read the whole thing here … and maybe do something nice for someone today?