Once a long time ago I used to pick up hitch hikers.

Dallas, Texas
March 28, 2016 8:00pm CST
I used to be a day tripper. I drove all over the USA in an old Plymouth. Every now and then I would see a hitch hiker and I would gladly give them a lift. Today I would think twice before acting once. One time this guy got so angry with me talking to him that I thought he was gonna kill me. It made me change my attitude about the realities of picking up people on the highway. They don't all have the best of intentions and some of them might be murderers or convicts. You know? That is scary. I get goose bumps just mentioning this.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
I never thought about picking up hitchhikers especially in our current time and day!
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
You are smart to not pick up strangers. You see, many of these people are convicted felons or runaways who have no business on the roads or highways. In any case if they are on foot they are not using much common sense, as the driver of the next car that stops and gives them a ride could just as well be a dangerous predator!
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• United States
29 Mar 16
@lookatdesktop yes I agree and plus most that I see hitchhiking a ride has a backpack of clothes, stuff who knows what else is in there! Like weapons!
@Mike197602 (13399)
• Worcester, England
29 Mar 16
Personally I'd not pick up a hitch hiker. I think the niceness intended is counteracted by the nastiness that could happen. Just my opinion
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
You are wise to think like this. Always deal with any stranger as a danger when on the road. I mean on the streets be it on foot or bike or motor car.
@DWDavis (10810)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Mar 16
There was a time when I would pick up hitchhikers, but no more. I've heard too many tales of woe about people who've been hijacked, robbed, and/or killed by hitchhikers. It's just not worth the risk.
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
@DWDavis , Yep. I had survival instincts on overdrive. No way they were gonna mess with my wife and I would have done my level best to stop them if they even made a move. Thank God my smooth recovery and speed of actions prevented a bad outcome.
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@LadyDuck (131345)
• Switzerland
29 Mar 16
We never picked up hitch hikers, this is dangerous from many many years.
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
That is correct. Never pick up a stranger no matter what. If you see what appears to be a stranded motorist, don't stop to offer then a lift or even let them use your phone if you have on on hand, instead, call the local emergency services and give details of the person and their vehicle to the law and they can handle it from there. That way you are still safe and sound inside your car. Don't wait for the police to arrive, be on your way!
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@LadyDuck (131345)
• Switzerland
29 Mar 16
@lookatdesktop This is what we always do, it is even dangerous to stop to help people.
@Dextoi (1958)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
Giving someone a free ride is a nice thing to do. But you also need to be careful with people. Some people are not always mild-mannered. It just so happens that one of the people you helped out had a bad attitude. That's why most of the drivers just ignore hitch hikers.
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
I have been lucky I never got into a fist fight nor had my car hijacked. Or myself shot in the back of the head. I did however have an interesting thing happen up in Montana, when I picked up an ex con who offered to share a beef steak as we slept on the side of the road, just beneath a group of high mountains, where it is known that the Grizzly Bear sometimes comes out to hunt for people meat. The next day he got out cause he has reached the end of the line for him and I was so relieved that I counted my lucky stars. The steak was not worth the risk of having my throat slit in the night and car stolen but he turned out actually to be a nice person even though an ex con.
@Dextoi (1958)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
@lookatdesktop that's good to hear... And i'm glad that you were both fine. I salute to your kindness, sir
• United States
29 Mar 16
Yes it reminds me of that movie with Martin Lawrence called Nothing to Lose where he got picked up by the crazy white guy and he begged...Dont kill me freaky Jason lolz But seriously, no would not pick up anyone nowadays.
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
But the statistics of this happening is higher than normal these days. People still feel too safe with strangers and they should exercise common sense and caution and never ever ever accept a ride from a stranger under any circumstances, even if you think your life is in danger and need a ride to safety. This can only double your dangers.
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@marlina (66611)
• Canada
29 Mar 16
I can't believe that I did some hitchhiking in my younger days with another girl. What fools we were!
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
Don't kick yourself in the you know where! We all do stupid things when we are young. Hind site is 20/20.
@louievill (17146)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
Sad how some rotten eggs could actually stop people from doing an honest good deed yeah it's no longer worth the risk
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• Dallas, Texas
29 Mar 16
In a way it's a paradox. It takes bad acts of people to make others wise to the dangers but at the same time creates complete distrust of all people in similar situations. But it is better to be afraid and avoid potential dangers than to blindly go into the night.
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@maezee (29511)
• United States
29 Mar 16
That sounds scary. Im glad you were safe. I hear stories from my dad and his friends who I guess used to hitch hike all the time. Nowdays I never see hitch hikers. Seems dangerous not only for the hitch hiker but definitely for the driver as well!!
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@GardenGerty (93698)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Mar 16
No, I do not pick up hitch hikers. Too scary for me. If a car is broke down, I might loan someone a cell phone.
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