- Car Safety & Safe Driving
The things that make me wonder...
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