Not necessarily by a homeless bum type, but by other car owners?
This happened to me yesterday. An older man (70s) came up to me after I filled up at a station off of I-71 in Northern KY. He said “can you help me?” showed me his ID and indicated that his daughter was in a car accident and that he was trying to make it to Toledo. He motioned to his rather old and run down looking Oldsmobile with his wife sitting inside.
It seemed legit, I asked how much fuel he had already. He said “not much.” Now, scam artist or not, this guy clearly needs the money worse than I do, I thought to myself.
I gave him the last of my petty cash, a 5 in my wallet. I later realized in hind sight that I should have ran in to the cashier and prepayed on his pump so that he didn’t just turn around and buy cigs or lottery tickets but oh well. I said “here, this should get you a gallon or two.”
Unless someone’s story just does not add up or I legitimately do not have anything on me, I try to feel vicarious for someone less fortunate and try to help.
To conclude this story, I am a league bowler and roll every Sunday night. We have a lottery type system where if you have a winning ticket, you win the jackpot if your next ball is a strike. The odds are slim if you consider 80 lanes x 8 bowlers. Regardless, my team mate and I won and collected almost $90 a piece. I feel that if I hadn’t helped out that gentleman, I wouldn’t have won. Call it a lesson in karma.
I know this was lengthy but thanks for reading and I hope you also take away something from my experience.