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The things that make me wonder...

Updated on November 10, 2011

Parents, listen up!!!

OK, gotta tell a story.....Was working last night/this morning for the DD service I work with part time. My co-worker and I were coming back from dropping off our 7th inebriated customer of the night, (safely got her home), and I decided to take a short cut to get to another bar for another drinker. My team mate wasn't to happy because I was trying something different (not following GPS). Well, as I drove down this out of the way road, we came upon a young lady in a new car. When we passed, I noticed the front tire had been flattened. Me being the protective type quickly pulled off and backed up to her car. WHY would this young lady, I'd say she was 20, if that....and here she was out at 2 am in the morning, on a dark road, be BY HERSELF!! No one else around, no boyfriend, no nothing!! I later found out she had called her boyfriend, and he had told her to just change the tire and get home! He needs his rear end kicked and if I was her father, he'd NEVER come around AGAIN. So, here I was....My TM was balking at me, saying we're going to miss out on some good tips, etc., if we stop and help. Yes, I know....I felt like knocking him out as well, BELIEVE ME!! I told him it wasn't about the money all the time, you don't leave young ladies on the side of the road, by themselves, at 2am in the morning, or EVER for that matter!! So, I step out and walk back to her car....She's sitting there crying her eyes out and talking to someone on the phone. I say, "Young lady, I'm here to help and not going to hurt you." She's got this scared look on her face, mascara running down her cheeks, hands trembling, etc. I hear the voice on the phone, "Honey, who's there with you?" It's her dad and I tell her to tell him my name, number and that I'll make sure she gets home safely.....By now she's hugging me and happily crying.....I walk her to the safe side of the car and tell her to stay put while I change her tire....My TM just sits in my car eating his Krysta'ls that we had just stopped to get for the remaining two hours on duty. I tell him politely to reposition my car so I can have some light to work by...He huffs and puffs, but moves it finally, then walks up while I'm finishing the tire change, trying to talk his way into a tip!! The NERVE of the jerk! Again, needed a punch in the mouth....I assured the young lady I, or HE was not going to take her money. I told her I was put on this earth to serve, and that's it. I placed her tools and bad tire in the trunk, shut it, and gave her a TA DA! She wanted my address to send me a thank you card (payment), I told her no, just say thanks and get your butt home NOW. She said her parents were not happy. Let's see.....SHE'S ALIVE!! She hugged me while saying thank you 20 times....That was a good enough payment to me, just wanted her OFF the roads and back home safely. Her dad told her to tell me thank you as well. Here's the thing.....As a parent I worried about my son when he was younger, he's now 25. That young lady needed to be on that road at that time in the morning like I needed a Krispy Kreme doughnut!! NEVER!!! I hate to think about the "what if's" if I hadn't been there at that exact moment. I KNOW God put me there to help her out. This world is full of evil people, and that young lady had no protection whatsoever, she was clueless on changing a tire, etc. Parents....teach your teenagers, young adults on tire changing. First of all, tell them not to be on these dark roads at that time of the morning in the first place. Also, put 911 on #1 speed dial for emergencies as this!! Call the cops, they'll get someone to you even if they can't!! I don't know if the young lady was coming from a party, work, or why she was there. I just know it was a bad place to be for anyone.....Our kids are precious to us, and I know many of you feel the same......This is an evil world, so if you read this, pass it on to the ones that have teenagers or anyone for that matter. If you see someone in need, take 15 minutes and help them out, even if it means losing a stupid tip, or being late to an appointed meeting time. There, I said my peace......that's my story for the day....God Bless us all....JVR


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      Jrandol62 5 years ago

      Thanks madmachio, I do what I gotta do...right?...LOL

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      Nathan K 5 years ago from Kansas

      Nice job man!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks JR. You're right. no one is safe!

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      Jeff 5 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      Thanks JJ!! Pimp me anytime!! LOL

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      That was so nice of you to stop and help someone like that. Her boyfriend sounds like a loser. I've dated a lot of them myself so I can recognize one immediately now. Interesting hub and voted up!

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      Jeff 5 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      You're right PDXK...Evil peeps out there, and many naive ladies thinking it won't happen to them...They need to be aware of their surroundings at ALL times...Especially at malls, grocery stores, etc...EVERYWHERE. Guys too! That's 16 years of military exp talking...."Watch your six" was our motto. Take care friend, and protect the ladies at ALL cost...JVR

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      good of you to help, and I agree with you. I always worry when I see young ladies out late at night by themselves. I don't allow my wife or sister to do that. not cause i'm controlling, but because I know how people can be.

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      Jeff 6 years ago

      Thanks Trimar7, nice words. I left that job months ago, so I feel for the person that took my place with that guy. I pray I see those pearly gates one day as well. God is always with me no matter where I go! I'm only here because he allows it. Hope that experience taught that young lady a thing or two though. I'm sure her dad gave her a good talking once she got home. I hope she listened! My son had days like that when he was younger as well. Too many kids are just naive and don't think anyone will hurt them....They are DEAD wrong if you ask me. Too many evil people out there lurking in the shadows. Be safe yourself, and your daughter too!! :)

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      trimar7 6 years ago from New York

      Jrandol - you are an angel - truly - the halo is being earned well before you enter the pearly gates. Thank you from me for being there for that young lady. I have a daughter and they do not always have their heads on straight during their teen/early twenties. Anything could have happened to her - you are absolutely correct. Also, find yourself a new partner to ride with. What a creep! God Bless you!

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      jeff 6 years ago

      Thanks Cogerson...I revel in twists and turns!! Jaye, you're right friend....NO CLUE what life is about! I'm about to drop him as a rider like a hot potato!!! LOL Thanks for reading the hub....pass it on!!

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You're a good person, Jrandol62, and your reward is in knowing you've helped others. Your teammate is clueless!


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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting story Jrandol62, it is always amazing how life can create interesting twist and turns, especially when you do something different...great hub...voted up.

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      Jeff 6 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      I hope so too Sunshine!! I can ONLY protect the ones I come upon, GOD gets the rest!! Share it with ALL you know please....Possibly could save a life. HUGS!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Everything happens for a reason, which is why you didn't listen to your team mate and took another route. I hope if my daughters or granddaughters ever are in a situation like that a guy like you comes along. Way to go!!!