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Chas in Me    Posted 12-28-2004 at 09:03:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's the deal.

I was heading north on the main road when I saw a hitchhiker with no jacket. It was about 30 degrees and starting to cool off. I gave him a ride for about 10 miles. We talked during the ride and he told me he had just gotten out of jail and was giong home.
When we reached my stop, I dug in the rear of my pickup and found a hunting jacket on the seat. I gave it to him and asked him to mail it back to me.
Do you think I will get my jacket back?

Battleborn    Posted 12-28-2004 at 21:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll get the deed back, but it might not be in the form of a jacket.
Paul, who has been in jail.

MikeT    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:31:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was spending a long weekend back packin in the Canadian rockies many years ago. The 2nd morning I crawled out of my tent and found 6" of new snow. About 100 yards away was this kid with no tent, no heavy clothes, and no sleeping bag. He was trying to keep warm under a clear plastic lean to and a fire. He said he was back packin across canada. Anyway, that next night I let him sleep in my tent and the next morning when I left I let him keep a heavy wool shirt and all my food. I was going back into calgary and didn't need it.

3 months later I got a box from him with the wool shirt and he said thanks and that he had made it to the east coast. The shirt has been cleaned! Several years later we got a Xmas card from him and he had got his college degree. Last I heard from him.

Willy-N    Posted 12-28-2004 at 14:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
A local Wood Cutter picked up 2 Hitch Hikers near us when they wrecked there car playing in the woods. Later it was found out they had stole the car. You see they decided to shoot the guy in the head sell his load of wood and joy ride in his truck! They are now awaiting trial in our Jail for murder!! You never know nowdays who you are picking up. Mark H.

screaminghollow    Posted 12-28-2004 at 14:03:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
No good deed goes unpunished. If a single loaded cartridge case was still in that jacket, you may find yourself arrested for providing ammo to a convict, who otherwise couldn't legally have it in his possession.

Seriously, a prison turned the guy loose without a jacket?? Around here that would be some kind of constitutional violation.

Hopefully the fella does a good turn for someone else.

There is a low down type in our community. A mutitude of minor crime convictions. I wouldn't trust him around my place. But he does keep the old widow (no relative) in the next hollow supplied with firewood and doesn't charge her. And he helped some other folks and I put a new roof on a neighbor's house, when that woman couldn't afford to pay.

steve19438    Posted 12-28-2004 at 13:46:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hopefully he didn't get your license plate number.
steve, who last gave a "HH" a ride in 1975. twas a female.

Burrhead    Posted 12-28-2004 at 12:55:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yessir ye did good Chas. I never did buy in on our modern day skin head type christianity. Modern christians say "no good deed goes unpunished." I don't believe that to any degree.

What I mean is yes I would have given the man a ride and would not hold being in jail against him. Paul and Silas did some pretty hard time.

As far as your jacket goes I have read many different stories in my Bible where a soul does a good deed and many many years God Himself repays the good deed doer.

No matter if the jacket comes back nor not, you have done what a true christian should have done and I personally believe that you will draw interest on your deed.

We never know what we will need in life that's why God gave us the Good Samaritan as an example.

I always thought the bad part of the Samaritan story was that the Preacher and Deacons all got on the other side of the road to pass the feller that needed help and played like they did'nt see him. Then gahzam along comes a social misfit Samaritan and does exceedingly more than was required to help the man.

Besides that don't the Good Book say if somebody needs a coat to also give him yer cloak??

DD    Posted 12-28-2004 at 11:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I'm much like Kelly in that I would have shared the coat thru a cracked window but wouldn't have picked him up unless I knew him. Maybe it's just the society we live in or all the scary things we hear on the news that makes us that way but I know at least in Orlando it's much like Kelly described there in her town too. These lil jokers will shoot you for a dollar and never give it a second thought. They have no concept of working hard for what you have, especially when they see how easy it is to have a gun and just take whatever they want. Chas, you did a good thing and I'm glad it turned out well for you. I can't help but worry about you giving him your address though. Hopefully he'll just "Pay It Forward" to someone else and think of you when he does and let your kindness be a start on turning his life around for the better from now on : )

Patria    Posted 12-28-2004 at 11:30:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tend to believe you will get it back.

Your act of kindness should bounce back..

Gary    Posted 12-28-2004 at 11:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You really didnt need that coat, if you did you wouldnt have given it away. It was a good thing that you did and what goes around comes around.

KellyGa    Posted 12-28-2004 at 10:50:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lordy mercy, you are a better person than I. Around here, an act of kindness may be your last. Have to be careful, you have to look out for yourself. I would have never picked some one up off the side of the road. I MAY have handed him a jacket through a cracked window, maybe.

I have my husband and daughter depending on me to be around for a long time to come. I am not overly paranoid, but I am cautious. It could have turned out badly. He could have taken your vehicle, your money, maybe even your life. Desperate people do desperate things.

I am glad you were able to help him. I am VERY glad nothing happened to you in the process. Just please be careful.

mojo    Posted 12-28-2004 at 10:25:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you will get it back, if he's able to come up with the postage and doesn't lose the address. Or else he'll pass on the kindness by passing on the jacket to another.
Good job.


Hawk    Posted 12-28-2004 at 10:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

not sure about you getting it back or not but that was a fine thing for you to do! you are your brothers keeper!

~Lenore    Posted 12-28-2004 at 09:23:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know.
I would put that guy on my prayer list and be praying for him to keep straight and have a good life.
I probably would consider the jacket a "gift" and feel really good if he does return it.

JFB    Posted 12-28-2004 at 09:14:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I, the eternal optimist, think you will! And if you don't, he'll never forget the kindness of a stranger, when he desperately needed a hand. You done good.

Zenia    Posted 12-28-2004 at 09:12:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you are a very good hearted man. That was an awesome thing you did. I think you will get it back. On the other hand... now a criminal has your address?

I'd be wondering why he had no one to come for him? That is sad.

jerry    Posted 12-28-2004 at 13:19:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a difference between jail and prison, being in jail does not make someone a criminal. I got arrested for asking a cop for his badge number (five times). He already had five internal affairs complaints against him, and had been on the force six months. So yes I went to jail. I had to sue the city to get my record cleared and recover my expenses. I feel I am not the criminal he is.

Probably Not    Posted 12-28-2004 at 09:09:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
But you did a very nice deed. Merry Christmas to the hitchhiker. Nice job.

- Peanut

deadcarp    Posted 12-28-2004 at 10:01:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'll go along with the christmas aspect - in 1961 i was on my way home, cutting across a park in downtown seattle and some dam bum got in the way. i darn near smacked him. then a couple blocks later i'd realized it was christmas eve and he'd only wanted a dime. i looked and looked for that guy - never forget that feeling. you done good. :)

midway    Posted 12-28-2004 at 12:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is a tough decision to make, but hopefully it was the right one. During the depresion we use to get a lot of hoboes come to the door for food which we gave them. It paid back one day when I was waiting for my father to come down the tracks in the locomotive. I got my foot caught under the track and couldn't get it loose. Another train coming, I start crying (age 6) when all of a sudden a hobo came out of what we called "Hobo Jungle" and got me free from the track. So maybe you've started another chain of "helping your brother along the way".

SusieQ    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:23:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
A very good deed, regardless of whether or not you get the jacket did a great christian thing. The creator will see your deeds and make note of it....consider it a gift, move forth and definitely put this person in your prayers....

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