Post # 1
So this morning I’m at the gas station filling up and in my usual morning haze. As Im stand there, a couple of women pull up next to me and the driver asked me to fill her gas tank for her to get to town ( about 30 miles). I automatically respond that I’m sorry, but I can’t. She drives off to the gas station next door and asks someone else. All the way to work this morning it bothered me. Technically I COULD fill up her tank. Darling Husband gives $5 here or $10 there to people if they approach him. We give to our local church and to the Wounded Warriors, NRA, and also our local shelter… So it’s not like we don’t ever contribute. Still– it irked me that it was my automatic response and also that I felt put on the spot! I asked a few coworkers, and most said they wouldn’t have agreed to fill her tank, and don’t like being put on the spot. What would you do? Have you ever been in that situation or approached by a stranger asking for money?
Post # 3
I probably would have been more inclined to give her $5-$10 cash if I had it on me rather than actually filling up her car.
Post # 4
No, that’s way too on-the-spot. Like you, I have charities I already give to, and I buy food for the homeless on the street. But I wouldn’t fill up a stranger’s gas tank…
Post # 5
It probably would have made me feel guilty too. But I agree with previous poster, if I had $5 cash, or even a few dollars on me (which is rare, I use debit), I probably would have said given that to her.
Post # 6
I feel like working in NYC has conditioned me to tell people no. I wouldn’t have filled up her tank and I probably wouldn’t have felt bad. I mean she wasn’t asking for food. Driving is optional.
Post # 7
I would have felt guilty, but I wouldn’t have filled up her tank, either. I never carry cash on me, so I couldn’t have done that for her.
Post # 8
I never, ever give money to strangers. There are way too many scams and con artists out there.
Post # 9
Ok i’m sorry, but NO! Maybe it’s because i’m from New York…and yes….being stereotypical but it’s true!
If you cannot afford to drive around..then don’t! Epsecially if it’s more than one person in a car!
Post # 10
No. These people are usually scammers.
Post # 11
Not only would I have not done it AND not felt guilty, I probably would have said something snarky like “are you f***ing kidding me?” or “yeah, and then you can fill mine up next!”
But I am also a big-city dweller.
Post # 12
@BellaDee: I’m not from New York, and I fully agree with you. I would never spend $40+ to fill up a strangers gas tank! If they can’t afford to fill up their own car then they shouldn’t be out on the road in the first place.
Post # 13
Ive been scammed to many times to ever do that again! I gave someone $5 once for gas..her tank was empty and just needed a few dollars to put in it. as I was walking in store to pay for mine, she just drove outa there without gaetting any gas at all.
no, I probly wont do it again, lazy bums need to get a real job.
Post # 14
Ok now I don’t feel so bad! I didn’t really think about the scamming aspect of it.
Post # 15
I was in the same exact situation last summer, but they were holding a gas can when they came up to me. I filled the gas can with around $15 worth of gas :/
Post # 16
I’m not from a big city, but I’m too cynical. If someone approached me like that, I would just assume that it was a scam.