By hitchhiked - 04/01/2012 06:28 - United States
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Eh, it's not nearly as dangerous as people think. Problems are rare, the real problem is that you only hear about the times when things go wrong, unless you actually hitch or frequently host couchsurfers. I feel bad for the OP, though. It really stinks that you got one of the few bad apples. Source: 20,000 miles hitched, over 200 rides, 39 states, and 2 countries. As a well dressed hitchhiker ;)
Whenever I drive by a hitchhiker, not helping them makes me feel guilty. But at the same time, you never know who they are or what they could do.
I drove by one in the rain once and I felt awful. I circled back and tossed him my umbrella. Sorry truth is there are too many baddies in the world for me to risk my life just to shorten your walk. OP, you should've known better. You are very lucky you didn't lose anything irreplaceable and weren't injured.
A woman once came up to me when I was still in my car and had just gotten home from work asking for a ride. She had 2 blocks to go but told me she had blisters on her feet. I didn't do it, too risky. Total stranger at night in the city asking for a ride 2 blocks away? Not gonna do it.
Silly OP see why they make the bad hitchhikers carry around those signs now?
Never assume you can trust hitchhikers /: good thing he didn't shoot you, hope you learned your lesson..