On the way from BWI airport to the hotel, the Yahoo directions stopped
making sense, so I pulled into a gas station to ask for directions.
Before I even made my way to the gas station attendant, this woman
approached me and said "Please don't laugh, but I need to ask for
your help. My car broke down and I need $5 to get it going again.
I have these 2 cans of Raid bug spray that I'll give you."
I asked where her car was and she pointed to the honda.
I laughed. She said that I said I wouldn't laugh. I said "Do you
want the $5 or not?". She said "Ok". So I asked what was wrong
with the car (not that I could, or would want to, fix a honda).
She said someone put sugar in her gas tank. Don't these cars
have a locking door over the gas fill tube? Wasn't it possible that
she just blew her engine because she's driving a honda? Did
she have the gasoline chemically analyzed to confirm the
presence of sugar? Ok, so let's assume that her car is broke
because someone put sugar in her tank. HOW WILL $5 HELP??
She was clearly just desparate for some cash, so I offered to help
her out. She insisted on giving us the bug spray. I told her that
was not necessary, but she handed it to my daughter anyway
while I reached in my pocket for some cash. As I was about
to hand her the money, she said "I'm going to give you my
address and tomorrow you can come and get some fresh
crabs and your $5 too." I pulled the money back and said
"No, if I give you this money, you'll just take it and go, right?"
That was fine with her, so I gave her the $5. Geez I'm a nice guy!
So, having forgot to ask for directions because I knew I had to get
a photo of her car, I was still lost. She made her way across the
street to another gas station where she was about to pester
someone else. (I'm not sure if she had more bug spray or not.)
I drove over there and asked her "Hey, as long as I gave you $5,
why don't you tell me where my hotel is." I told her the name of
it and she started trying to tell me where to go, but it wasn't
making a lot of sense, so she said "I'll tell you what...I'm going
to get in your car and drive there with you". Like hell she will!
I said "I'll tell you what...No You're Not!" Then I snapped the
photo of her that nearly broke the camera and drove away
before she could say another word!
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