questionshave you ever picked up a hitchhiker? how did it…

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She was cute blond with daisy duke shorts, a halter top, and a sign that said anywhere but here. Oops, wrong forum for that story.

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picked up several, but I'm never telling where I buried them.

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I always do since I used to hitch hike when I didn't have a car. Lotsa crazy people (more normal people just down on their luck though), but no one dangerous.

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The guy kept talking about 7 minute abs. It was awkward.

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yes

dropped him off at an st louis exit in illinois.

told me to look at low rear tire on passenger side.
i did.
pretty stupid in retrospect as he could have easily slit
my throat and rolled me down the hill.

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slightly rural area where i use to live a neighbor picked up a hitchhiker to take him about four miles further down the road. the neighbor did not live thru the event. his truck was found a couple counties over. so NO i don't

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My grandfather told me stories about how him and his friend hitch hiked from Florida to Oklahoma when they got back from their tour during the Korean War (Navy). He said they did it all the time back then and didn't think twice about it.

I guess times have changed because there is no way I would pick up a hitch hiker now.

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Well ... I'm still alive, right?

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I've picked up a few - only females traveling alone, I figure if they attack me, we're on somewhat even footing.

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Walking home in the middle of the night since I previously had lost my car during Mardi Gras I stumbled upon a blob on the sidewalk that turned out to be a girl in the fetal position. I tried to talk to her but she was basically incoherent. Seemed like she was well out of walking distance to her home, I brought her to my place and let her sleep on the couch but she fell asleep on the bed. Had to kick her out and back to the couch, her friends finally came to get her the next day, her mom wasn't happy and she wasn't too appreciative.

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@wootbretz: You should have just had the cops take her home.

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@jsoko: You are correct. However at the time both our phones were dead and not needing to call 911, I didn't know the number for the police. Were it earlier in the night I'm sure one would have been right around the corner.

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Around October of last year near Compton, CA.

Creepy Guy: Can I get a ride down the street to my pregnant wife, its an emergency?
Me: No. Bye. There's no houses down that street [nothing but industrialized buildings].
Creepy Guy: (kicks my car) (random curse word) (runs away with scooter).

Now I have a dent on the side of my car.

Just a note: Why the heck would you be "far away" from your wife in a time like this then.

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I almost did once, but he wasn't carrying the requisite towel.

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I always pick up hitchikers if I'm alone.

I had one guy who was actually shooting a documentary about hitchhiking across America (He was from Australia). Took him from Dickenson, ND to Billings, MT with some stops in some cool town. He was a neat guy, a musician.

The guy I took the furthest was an out of work carpenter who had lost his job in Wyoming. I took him from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Council Bluffs, IA. Home for him was Kansas City. Got him some lunch from McDonalds.

Most of them have been pretty decent guys. Only had one bad experience. Picked up a dude in the rain heading north to Fargo, ND. First, he was smoking before he got in my car which I don't enjoy. I told him he couldn't smoke in my car. Then he asked me if I could go 30 miles out of my way. I told him I couldn't. He wasn't happy. Then he wanted me to drop him off at another inconvenient place because it was cold out. I dropped him off at the first gas station in Fargo.

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I hitchhiked a few times when I was younger, so I decided to return the favor one day to a young lady at a bus stop who looked harmless. I thought it was odd when she didn't have a specific destination, so I told her I was on my way down the road to get lunch and she said that was fine. She came in and sat down with me. Turned out she was a "working girl" and when I told her I wasn't interested, she just took off on foot. Kinda weird, so I never picked anyone up again.

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I have no hitchhiking stories, but this is a FANTASTIC question.

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My co-worker's brother was murdered after picking up a father and son hitch hiking. He bought them both dinner and everything. Apparently, the father pulled out a knife, he stabbed him and took his shoes and the car. Her brother walked/crawled to the nearest house only to be discovered dead on the porch in the morning.

Moral of the story: No matter how innocent someone may appear DO NOT pick up hitch hikers.

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On my 22nd birthday my cousin and I (both female - her sober, me drunk) picked up three super tall guys (who barely fit in the back of her Passat) and drove them back to their hotel in the next town over. They were all dressed in suits (had just come from a wedding) and two of them actually treated us to IHOP after we dropped the one off.

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There was a kid at a Shell gas station probably a couple of years younger than me with a duffel bag that was asking people for a ride. He didn't look like a vagrant or anything and I totally felt sorry for him. I looked at my wife and she didnt seem to mind because he looked like a normal kid. We were heading up to her parents house an hour north and asked were he was heading. He was trying to get further than we were going but I told him we could get him close. He didn't smell or looks like he was homeless, he genuinely looked like he just needed a ride. To be continued...

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@eyeflytwohigh: My wife was in the passenger side and gave me the nod of approval. I told him to hop in. He asked to put his duffel in the trunk so I popped the trunk and he put his bag in the trunk and then hopped into the back seat. We got on the interstate and just started to small talk. I asked if he was in school and he said No. I asked if he was going to see his parents and he said No. He answered all our questions with very brief answer and seemed to start getting annoyed. I eventually started to get worried so I asked him... "Whats in the bag?" I looked back at him and he GLARES at me and says... "none of your f'ing business." I thought I misheard him so I said "I'm sorry, what's in the bag??" .... to be continued

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@eyeflytwohigh: He continues to look straight at me and repeats..."none. of. your. f'ing. business." At this point my stomach starts knotting up and my head begins to race with different scenarios. I look over at my wife and she is white as a ghost and looking at me through the corner of her eye... trying to keep looking straight. At this point, I'm thinking WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?! am I going to get robbed?! what have i done?! is there a body in that bag?! I start to freak out and wonder if I should just pull over to the side of the road, but I realize that if he does anything there no one would ever see us. So I decide to pull over at the next exit.... to be continued.

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@eyeflytwohigh: Luckily, there was an exit coming up and I got off on the exit and pulled into a gas station with a lot of cars and people walking around... I pulled right up to the front door where everyone could see us. I stopped the car and told the guy to "GET OUT OF THE CAR!" He was staring and me with a look that I will never forget and she slowly got out of the car. I didn't even wait for the door to shut and I just hit the gas and peeled out as fast as I could. I have never been so scared in my life.

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@eyeflytwohigh: My guess is he was running drugs...

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@eyeflytwohigh: So what was in the duffle if it was in the trunk since you peeled out?

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I have only picked up one person, it was like midnight and wife and I were driving home from a movie, saw a truck pulled over, with flashers on, and a guy walking less then a mile from it, it was like 10 degrees outside, and it was another 4 miles to the nearest gas station, we picked him up, He was a business man just back in from Chicago. He had forgot when he parked his car in long term parking at the airport he was almost out of gas, and he ran out on his way home. We drove him to the gas station where he bought a gas can and filled it up, and then we drove him back to his vehicle, waited til he started his vehicle up and drove off. More often then not I don't stop I just report the vehicles to our police non-emergency number

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@kbsig106: ..."None of your F'ing business" :)

I got my parents soooo good with that one.
Usually a pretty good icebreaker when you're late to a party.
A lot better in person with dramatic voices.

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@eyeflytwohigh: We should have seen that coming :) I was going to ask the question but was beaten to the punch.

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I picked up a hitchhiker once. I ended up getting murdered. I'm now a ghost.

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@eyeflytwohigh: Like the suitcase in Pulp Fiction! Great story!!

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I've wanted to but I'm usually alone or just with my toddler son and it doesn't seem really safe to be a young woman picking up a hitchhiker... :S

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my brother lives in nashville and likes to bike around. he tells of picking up people just for the extra peddle power on the tandem bike.

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I have done it once just because I never had. I was driving from SLC, UT to Billings, mt. I picked him up just outside of Bozeman, MT (Livingston). At this point I had been driving for over 7 hours and was pretty tired since I had started at 3 in the morning. He was trying to make it back to MN and said he and come out here looking for work as a janitor (seriously, a traveling janitor you ever heard one of those ?) anyway after we started driving for a bit it started to smell pretty bad. I dropped him off at the first exit in billings because of the smell and the fact he was starting to creep me out.

I had to pick my boss and my sales engineer up at the airport and I was really worried because the car smelled really rank after this guy had been in it. So despite the fact it was 30 degrees outside I rolled down all the windows with the AC on high in hopes of blasting the smell out (it was a leather interior SUV)

To be continued

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When I rolled up to the airport my boss was looking at me like I was nuts especially when he got in the car and I refused to roll up the windows. So him being the boss and all the windows got rolled up and the smell started getting bad again …. He had been my boss for only 2 months and this was the 2nd time meeting in person so I didn’t want him to think it was me so I told the story. He was losing it for the entire week just laughing his head off. So much that the story got told to all the customers we saw that week and every time we ever drive past a hitchhiker now he gives me a look.

The best part is that most customers we saw that day ask me every time I come to see them if I have any new hitchhiking stories. One of these days I want to hitchhike from (here I live in Bozeman now) to Billings just so I can tell the customer I hitchhiked to see them the laughs would be distracting enough for me to slide a PO in for signature at the same time.

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I'm not sure if it's because I'm paranoid or distrusting but I would NEVER consider picking up a hitchhiker. Ever. I don't care who I was with. I've also never considered hitchhiking myself.

Maybe it's because I've been fortunate enough to never have been in a situation where hitchhiking would be practical or necessary. The idea of picking up a hitchhiker scares the crap out of me.

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I have, but use judgement.. i'm not picking up anyone who looks crazed. I've never picked up anyone on a deserted highway (how tf did you get out here?) but i have picked up drunk slobs who couldn't get home and the odd college kid or two (when i was in the same age group.)

What i find odd whenever this type of question comes up - everyone has a neighbor/coworker/friend's brother's cousin, etc who has been KILLED BY HITCH HIKERS.

The actual stats are pretty low... some sources reporting as few as under 500 in the past 40 years... and the numbers include both stats for driver and hitcher being the killer (as well as other considerations that fall under the umbrella of murder)

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jeez, haven't you people seen the movies?

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When I was in high school, my buddy and I were heading home after a night of revelry and saw a very attractive girl hitchhiking out in the middle of nowhere (I lived a ways out in the hills, so it was very odd seeing her out there, at night, looking for a ride). We felt sorry for her, so we picked her up and took her where she asked us to take her. After driving her all over town, listening to her odd excuses for going from one place to another, and four or five stops later, we told her she would be dropped off at the next stop and that was that.

I haven't picked up another hitchhiker since, and never will. We were lucky that all we got out of that was a strange story and the strong smell of bad perfume. We could have been jumped at any of the destinations we took her to.

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I have. Found out that he attended a juvenile correctional school and had been to jail for beating someone up. He was also from Queens, New York, and had a lot of cool tattoos. He was very appreciative of the ride and left me $1.14 in the cup holder.

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Both picked them up, and been one myself. Never any problems. No exciting stories. Maybe next time.

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I've never picked up a hitchhiker, but I was one before I got my first car last year. After hearing/reading in the paper about several carjackings by hitchhikers in my area, I feel disinclined to give one a ride.

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Have both picked up a hitchhiker & done it myself. Both many, many years ago. Picked up a young man while driving back to Denver from Kansas City. Had my 2 children & my dog. He also had a dog. Said he was traveling the U.S. before going to college. I believed him, still do. All ended well. Even the dogs got along. :-)

continued....

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contiuation...

I thumbed a ride to work when I lived in the mountains outside of Denver. After a huge snowstorm, I had cleverly moved my car to the highway from my uphill driveway. Snowplow covered my car; lock frozen. The man who picked me up said he thought I was an old woman or he would not have stopped for me. :-( He dropped me off at a large intersection in Denver. Then was picked up by a Denver police detective in his personal car. Finally made it to work. Spent a good part of the morning answering the phone from other employees who "couldn't make it in because of the snow storm." grrrrrr

Moral of both stories: I would never do either one again. I was lucky!

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@kamikazeken:
Jam: "It's a teenage girl walking along the side of the highway. I mean, they, they, they make scary movies that start out like that."
Trip: "Hey, but, but they make porno movies that start out like that too, man."

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Frequently during the summer while traveling between inland northern Cali and the coast.

It usually turns out like a Cheech and Chong movie.

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Well, I was a hitch hiker once lol. I got stuck at a Mall bus stop with my cousin after the buses stopped running (we also cut school that day) Not knowing how to get to the train station we asked a guy leaving the mall for directions, but he was nice enough to offer us a ride. The only scary thing about that experience was that he was EXTREMELY cross eyed. I don't know how he managed to get a drivers license with such a cross eye problem. But he managed to get us to the train station without an incident and even schooled us on hitch hiking lol.

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Yes a young person who was obviously out of gas and maybe a few others. None of the experiences were remarkable.

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Just once...in the '70's. I was in High School, He was cute. Me, Catholic High School "Good Girl"...Him, Public School "Pothead".

My friends were mortified, his friends thought he had lost his mind.

You fill in the blanks... :-D (It lasted almost 4 years.)

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I was a hitchhiker once. Just before I got out at this truck stop, the (big lady) driver said, "Tell 'em Large Marge sent you." Everyone at the truck stop freaked out for some reason.