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#67427 - 06/10/06 08:37 PM Re: I weep for the future!
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You're a true gentleman Ors!! Need more people like you in this world!! Superb

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#67428 - 06/10/06 10:07 PM Re: I weep for the future!
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Eh, don't feel too bad, you were just being a nice person. We definitely need more of those!

Whether or not she had AAA, as another poster pointed out, the police would have called a tow truck anyway.

Heck, calling the police (as you're driving by) to report a disabled vehicle at on XYZ road would have gotten the job done. Let them sort the mess out. Plus the liablity of stopping and partially blocking the road with your vehicle -- if you had gotten hit and someone had been injured... holy smokes. There would be lawsuits all over the place and even worse, injuries.

Yeah, watch out for those mini-skirts! <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#67429 - 06/11/06 02:45 AM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 15
Loc: Burbank, CA. U.S.A.
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I see a blonde girl get out, and she appears to be alone, so I decide to pull over and see if she needs help.


A co-worker of mine from a long time ago said this, "In order for people to survive, they need to be either smart or good looking. If they're smart, then they can take care of themselves. If they're just cute, then other people will take care of them. If they're neither, smart or cute, God help them."
Ors, I think you just played into her survival strategy.

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#67430 - 06/11/06 02:51 AM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 12/18/05
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Loc: Burbank, CA. U.S.A.
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When she had gotten her license her father bought her a car. She didn't know about it and when her father told her she ran outside to see. Sitting on four blocks was her new car with the hood open. On the side of the car was four tires, the tire jack and wrench, motor oil and a filter, the sparkplug wires, the bulbs from the headlights, and a few other things. He decided before he would let her even move the car she would be taught to do basic car maintenance and care.


Paul810, I really like that story. I'm going to remember it for when, if ever, I end up giving a car to a new driver. I wouldn't mind being remembered for doing something as thoughtful.

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#67431 - 06/11/06 02:57 AM Re: I weep for the future!
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
So that is what was meant when I was told it was a good thing I'm smart....

Not funny!
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#67432 - 06/11/06 08:11 AM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 06/25/05
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I couldn't agree more. You were just being nice. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#67433 - 06/11/06 07:45 PM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 09/16/05
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Loc: SoCal, USA
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I always wondered why there are Braille instructions on the ticket dispenser for the short term parking lot at the local airport.

That is probably the Americans with Disabilities Act gone awry. People often wonder the same thing about drive up ATMs, but if you'll notice, there is a headphone jack there that gives verbal instructions. I've taken a blind friend to the ATM and she says she's gotten out of a car to use the verbal instructions. So there actually is a purpose for it at the ATM at least.
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#67434 - 06/12/06 03:46 AM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 12/07/05
Posts: 781
Loc: Central Illinois
Yep... that's your tax dollars at "work". For a device with the SOLE purpose for sighted people, there's not much need. I suppose maybe someone said, "But what if a person takes home this ticket stub to a spouse or accountant who keeps track of the bills and s/he is blind?" Yep... maybe someone decided that there was enough of a potential to need it on there. I guess a scanner/book reader wouldn't have been able to clearly transcribe the amount into speech for such a person. *sigh*.

And don't get me wrong... I get ULTRA-PISSED when I see some jerk illegally parking in a handicapped stall (I have family that actually requires it now, but I've always hated when people do that).

Actually, what probably happened is that there was a blanket policy for all receipts at government facilities to have braile on them... at least that's my guess. :-)
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#67435 - 06/12/06 04:24 AM Re: I weep for the future!
ironraven Offline
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Loc: Vermont
Actually, if I had to guess, I'd say it is a backwards compatability issue and/or a really old machine. Making a machine that can "read" braille isn't hard. Does the card for blind drivers have "do not fold, bend, spidle or mutilate" on it? If it goes back more than 20 years, odds are it has a series of pins that are tied to a mechanical computer that detemines how much is owed, or at least did at one point. I bet the designer decided to go with braille, becuase it is a universally standardized set of characters, you could get the imprinter as an off the shelf item or very nearly so.

Or if it is read by a human attendant, it might be there for a blind attendant. The blind need jobs to, and a job where you sit in a booth is pretty safe, nothing to trip over.
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#67436 - 06/12/06 05:30 AM Re: I weep for the future!
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Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 183
Loc: The Great Pacific Northwest
I'm known as Pizzaman, because I deliver. I'm always ready to lend a hand and get the job done.

When it comes to the hapless, I have finally decided that I am doing them a disservice by helping them. Years ago I quit providing jump-starts to people without jumper cables. I always carry them and so should anyone with a car. If someone asks for a jump, I ask if they have cables. No cables, no jump. I will make exceptions depending on the environment if there are small children in the car or the driver is elderly (I'm not a total rat bastard). Bottom line, I want them to be inconvenienced and learn a lesson. If I dig out my cables and do all the work these folks will continue to be lazy and unprepared.

Ors, I applaud your sense of wanting to help, but this circumstance was not worth your life. PERIOD! This goes double if you have children that expect a living dad to return home that day. Call the cops, report the break down and keep moving. Don't even stop.

I have stopped and helped out at numerous accident scenes over the years. I will still help out if there is an accident and my presence can help. But for break downs and other pickles, I don't get involved anymore. Particularly if it is on a busy hwy or freeway. Just too easy to get your carcass run over by the next inattentive fool flying down the road. Sorry, my kids still need me.

I even get sick of people constantly asking me for the time. This is especially common at large public events or amusement parks. I look like a nice guy and I always wear a watch. I've started carrying my watch in my pocket just to keep from being bothered. If it is important to know the time, then you should have a watch. If I am the watch carrier for these "timeless" folks, I am doing them a thoughtless dis-favor.

I think wanting to help and providing assistance and charity are noble ideals. But like all good things in life they should be used in moderation, lest you foster dependency and sloth.

OK, I gotta ask....Did you get any good pics of this chick with your PSK cam? She's gotta be hot!

TR

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