Funny story

@ElicBxn (60416)
United States
May 30, 2008 6:44am CST
Yesterday the roomie proposed going and picking up some food for dinner. Well, it was more rather than less on the way and I needed to gas up the car anyway. So, to save time, while we WAITED to gas up the car, the roomie called our order in to the place. When we got there to pick up the food, the line in the drive thru was really long, so I asked if she wanted to go in and get it. She said sure so I pulled around front to get her close to the door. After a few minutes this man walked out, and tapped on my window. Turned out he was asking for directions to a street back in town. He said he was looking for 38th street but didn't see a sign, he saw one for 32nd - something. I told him that that was where he needed to get off. I also told him that it was 38 1/2 street that cut thru. The roomie came out and told me he was asking the gal at the counter and all she could say was, "its south." So she directed him out the door to me. He asked why she couldn't do it, she replied that she was blind and didn't drive. I think he'll find his street, I wish I knew more of where he was going, I could've helped him more. So, do you stop and ask for directions and find some people less than helpful? Honestly, I'm like a guy, I'm more than willing to help people find their way, but I'm hard pressed to stop for directions.
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12 responses
@chrissieatu (1033)
• China
30 May 08
I don't drive so I am not sure whether I will ask for direction when I have got my licence. But when I am looking for a place, I did ask for direction for serval times. I tried to find someone who seems to be a local. It turned out that I found the right guy always. However sometimes, they can hardly help either.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
The gal behind the counter told him "oh, its south" like that's a lot of help! That's when the roomie jumped in and told him to go out to me.
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• China
31 May 08
Yeah, I noticed that. What a great answer. "It's south" I think it just drove that person crazy by giving this answer.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I think the gal that said that probably never goes into town. These days all we need is right in certain areas and you don't have to know the rest of the town.
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
30 May 08
I always stop and ask directions if I don't know and feel like I can hardly locate it but, If there are signs, I will try to keep looking until I give up! But, lately here, one of the lesson I have learned is to find first online where is the place and what are the different streets I need to pass and know, so, I don't bug stopping and asking people.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
I love mapquest, I hate to ask for directions!
• United States
30 May 08
This time also, it's hard to trust! It will be good if we will bump to good people and give us the correct directions. Some won't from my experience, not very helpful!
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
Yeah, hard to trust, but the roomie, inspite of being a large person, has a friendly demenor. If I'd've gone in, I'd've probably volunteered directions. But I'm not one to go volunteering others for things!
@winterose (39929)
• Canada
7 Jun 08
well I live in montreal and it is a big city I don't know where every street is, there are thousands of them, I know the ones in my area but not all over and people have stopped cause I am a pedestrian and asked for directions and I really did not know where the street was.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Because I'm a driver, I love to drive, and I've lived in Austin since before I was 2. I remember at 11 thinking that I needed to learn the streets because I was going to need to know my way around. So, I do know my way around the main streets of town.
@Mrchikeh (53)
1 Jun 08
In my country,responding to such request is being increasingly degrading.Not because people don't have the interest to render such help,but they shrug off afraid of being charmed and sometimes robbed.Sorry to reveal the bad side of my country,however,it's true.For me,I try to help some,but I'm always careful doing this.In any case,it's good to help people in such situation,but for fear of the unknown,this guesture is sometimes denied to even the honest ones.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I know a lot of the world isn't as safe as other parts. I'm sorry that you don't feel too safe to help others.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
31 May 08
If I can't find a street or business, I'll stop at a gas station or someone walking on the street and ask. Rather do that than drive around aimlessly wasting gas.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I will stop at gas stations, but they seem to be the worst at knowing where things are.
@Hatley (163755)
• Garden Grove, California
30 May 08
This reminded me of one time years back when my sis and' I were going to s.D. from Arizona. we stopped in Denver and had to transfer to a different bus line. so i asked a pedestrian how to get to american trailways bus line and she gave us a long winded route but it did not seem right to me as the greyhound bus driver had said our bus was just three blocks away. the gals directions would have taken us a long way out of our way. so we asked acop who was coming out of a cafe.he smiled and said, you just needed to walk one blockon this street to wilson street and turn left' on Wilson the american trailways building takes up most of Wilson street. we followed his directions and had plenty of time to catch our bus going to Ca. had we followed the womans directions we would have missed our bus for sure.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 May 08
Oh yes i will help people find their way if i can..I have been in the same situation before and had to ask for directions,and when some nice person is willing to help i really appreciate it,so i always try and return the favor if i can....
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
31 May 08
I do try to be helpful. I have also gotten bad directions, but I have also had some people that have been very helpful.
@gberlin (3836)
30 May 08
I am a guy and I never used to ask for directions. Always thought I could figure it out on my own. It always took longer. Now, speed is more important and I don't mind asking for directions. If I ever get a GPS device for the car then I won't need to ask directions.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
I would like one of those so I can avoid the worst of the traffic. I hate traffic!
30 May 08
I usually try to be as helpful as I can when people ask for directions and keep a city map in my car too. I don't mind asking for directions either, I would rather find my way than spend hours going in circles - LOL
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
I'm so shy that I have trouble asking directions. I used to make the former roomie ask them, like she drove or something, I'd try to listen in on them.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
30 May 08
I hate to give directions. I always go by landmarks so I have to say go here and turn at this building... And I really hate to direct people over the phone. Don't ask me to tell someone to go south 3 miles etc. At least my husband is one of those rare men who will ask for directions if he is not sure.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
I do drive by landmarks a bit, but pretty much in town I know all the major streets/highways. I do have a problem remember the exit names and sure don't know their numbers! My favorite way is to say, when you get to "x" exit, take the next one!
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
30 May 08
I am not good at giving directions but if asked and I can help I do. If I need to find someplace and can't I will stop and ask directions and sometimes I am more confused afterwards and other times it is like "if it had been a snake it would have bitten me" type of thing, right there in front of me.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
Ohh, I hate that. I once asked for directions and it was right across the street, but because I'd gotten it into my head it was on the other side, I never even looked on that side!
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
30 May 08
I am glad that you could help that guy out though. I know I have asked for directions several times in my life and people just cut me off short and sweet with go this way or that way and turn left, period. I do what they say and I am still lost because they did not give me good directions to begin with, so I have to stop and ask someone else and by that time, I am way out of the way I should have been going, most usually.
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@ElicBxn (60416)
• United States
30 May 08
I think I take a certain amount of pride in the fact that I know my city so well, well, I should, I've lived here all my life really. Around xmas I saw a lady pulled over (safely I might add) and was looking at a map. I pulled up and helped her out. She had a pretty good idea where she needed to be, but wasn't sure of the best way. I gave her a few options - one with lots of lights but fewer turns. I'm pretty sure she got where she was going too.