So today, I picked up a hitchhiker. This is not the first time I have picked up a hitchhiker, in fact it is the second. I have a few guidelines when picking up a hitchhiker:
1. I only pick up a hitchhiker if I am by myself
- This is for a few reasons:
a)My wife would never let me pick up a hitchhiker while she was in the car
b)When I am by myself there are empty seats
c)Not many people are keen on the idea of picking up hitchhikers
2. I determine whether I have time
a)Obviously I wouldn’t stop and pick up a hitchhiker is I was late or running behind
b)I figure if I have some spare time why not help someone out
3. I try not to judge them by their appearance or the hitchhiker stereotype
-We have all heard those stories or seen in the movies where a hitchhiker gets in the car and then pulls a knife or a gun on the driver. Personally I do not live my life in fear of the improbable so I don’t let that cloud my thoughts. Secondly, it is very rude to think that just because they are hitchhiking means they are not good people, or they might try to attack you.
I would hope that if one day I ever had to hitchhike that someone would give me the benefit of the doubt and help me out with a ride, as much as they could. The guy I helped today was heading to Ingersoll from Woodstock, and since I was heading to Beachville I told him I could get him that far, and he was very appreciative about that.
Next time you see a hitchhiker, remember not to be quick to judge them, and if you are able, give them a lift!