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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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My daughter and I were driving around in the fresh 2 inches of snow we got in Kansas City on Thurs. We came to a tee in the road, and what do i see....
a black BMW X5 stuck in the ditch. Obviously he didnt know the road came to an end! So I turned around and asked him if he was o.k. and if he wanted me to pull him out. He accepted. So I put her in low and yanked it out of the ditch(quite easily). When I was unhooking the strap I smelled gas....that X5 was spraying fuel out at the rear of the vehicle! I took my time rolling up the tow strap...hoping for some sort of currency...but to no avail...he said thanks and hopped back in his BMW and started dialing his phone... prick!
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Rule #1: Never partake in an act of generosity expecting payment.
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yea I know, but c'mon its a $70,000 SUV!
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Exactly. Those are the LAST kind of people to expect generosity from!
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your screen name says it all... foolishmortal, why would I (BMW owner) give you (Jeep owner) any money?



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The etiquette of this is pretty clear cut right?
If it was a women of any age, one would help with no tip.
A college boy or younger, no tip.
A male senior citizen, would have offered a tip, which of course would be politely refused.
A male friend or colleague, no tip, an offered one is a mild affront!
A male stranger, an assumed peer a tip is mandatory to preserve the social balance.
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I think you should have pushed him back into the ditch and said "I will do that for no gratuity as well!" It is sad that people in this situation do not understand that they could give the helpful stranger $10 or $20 to get them out of a ditch or a lot more $$$$ to have a tow truck come and do the same thing. I do agree with sciron4x4, if you volunteer your service then you should not expect anything. If the driver had asked for help then you were right to expect something for your services.

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yea I know, but c'mon its a $70,000 SUV!
You don't get to the point where you can afford a $70k SUV by handing out money to good samaritans!
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Did the BMW have Johnson Co. (Ks.) plates?
That would explain it.
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Tow truck would have cost him a whole lot.

The help came from your heart, not your wallet.

Agree it would have been nice, even offering a small token would be
better than nothing.
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