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#3202887 - 12/01/13 12:53 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
2010_FX4 Offline

Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 4165
Loc: USA
I still see them from time to time as I travel around, but they are far less numerous than they were some years ago. While working in Colorado in the mid-nineties, I stopped and gave a guy a ride to the next town. He was in a U-Haul truck towing a car and had the hood up. I could tell by the way that he was kicking the tire on the truck. the odds of him looking to rob someone was pretty low. I stopped for gas at the exit and he assumed that I wanted him to pay for some gas, but I let him know that I was stopping anyway and he did not owe me a thing. He was just having a bad day and could not thank me enough when I dropped him at the police station so he could get assistance.
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#3202915 - 12/01/13 01:33 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
supton Offline

Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 6587
Loc: NH
I will stop once in a while to offer a ride, but the last guy was thumbing it to go see his parole officer for his regular check in.
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#3202916 - 12/01/13 01:35 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
tom slick Offline

Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8831
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
I still see scruffy vagrants with their thumb in the air.

The modern version is posting an ad on Craigslist stating your destination and travel dates. The examples I've seen are college students.
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#3202927 - 12/01/13 01:43 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: tom slick]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 1738
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hello, Just to "log in", no, I don't see them. One a year around Northern NJ all the way up to the Adirondack Mountains. I used to hitch all the time. Kira

#3202929 - 12/01/13 01:45 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
DoiInthanon Offline

Registered: 08/15/13
Posts: 292
Loc: Missouri
I used to hitch in the sixties. My grandpa, dad, and many I knew picked up hitchhikers. These days, I don't give rides very often. Never if the wife or my mother is in the car.

No one was more surprised than I a couple of months ago. Suddenly for no reason I stopped for an old guy walking north of the interstate in a direction away from town. White hair in a pony tail with a goatee. He looked at me and the old truck and said no

I asked again and he got in. Asked where he was going and he said the VFW. Which was south of the interstate and east of town. I knew he wasn't a member. Never had seen him around town. All things considered, I should have ended it right there. But I turned around and took him. On the trip he was not very communicative. Perhaps thought I was an axe murderer or something. I told him I could take him to a Veterans Service Officer. No thanks. Caring Center. No thanks. At the VFW he hopped out and said thanks.

I have seen him a couple of times walking around since. But never at the VFW. Keep thinking I'll find out something about him one of these days. I generally pick up a hitch hiker once every year or two. Always on intuition. Probably not smart at my age.
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#3202931 - 12/01/13 01:47 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
AdmdeVilleneuve Offline

Registered: 09/02/13
Posts: 87
Loc: Puget Sound
Hardly ever anymore. Out here the panhandlers would probably run them off their corner.

#3202940 - 12/01/13 01:57 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
285south Offline

Registered: 01/18/13
Posts: 579
Loc: usa
I would do it today. But, I would only take a backpack to hold the water bottle, extra set of clothes, nexus 7 and a camera and post a online journey blog called something along the lines of "Hitchhiking across America with Truckers." And on the way back I would just do it with regular people.

#3202947 - 12/01/13 02:05 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: Thax]
mcrn Offline

Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2780
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: Thax
I surely dont . A friend of mines Father was stabbed by a hitchhiker on 395 going into DC one night. My fathers friend is a gnarly Marine Vietnam Vet and he defended himself by throwing the guy out of the car at 60mph and continued to drive home with a knife in his shoulder. He wasnt even going to go to the Hospital till his wife made him lol . Every time I see a hitchhiker I think of my friends dad.d

That is an awesome story...sounds like it should be in a movie!

#3202958 - 12/01/13 02:18 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
97f150 Offline

Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1765
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
Dont see it as much anymore, but still see someone thumbing it once in a while. Mostly offshore rig workers just returning for days off.
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#3202970 - 12/01/13 02:30 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: JHZR2]
JTK Offline

Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7982
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: JHZR2

Flipping the question - did there used to be as many sign-holding beggars as I see these days? Not many around here, but in the cities and in the midwest I see a LOT.

I see this often at the highway exit I use for work (crummy industrial area). One dude stands there as his girlfriend sits nearby on the ground fiddling with her smartphone. It amazes me the amount of people that hand over cash.
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#3202979 - 12/01/13 02:37 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: 285south]
fsskier Offline

Registered: 07/22/08
Posts: 804
Loc: Iowa
It was a great way to the 50's and 60's anyway. My traveling uniform was always shorts, and a short sleeved dress shirt (at least in the summer) and attempting to look as harmless as possible usually resulted in immediate rides. Often my travel times on trips of 200 miles or less was about the same as driving, but much easier on the budget of a college student. Often picked up by elderly people who enjoyed the company.

Hitchhiking today. I never see anybody trying it, except:

1. Stumblebums and vagrants. Or at least they have put effort into creating the image.

2. Snowskiers at the bottom of Loveland pass, Colorado and similar locations. Skis over their shoulders, poles in their hand. If you pick them up and return them to the top you will be entertained with tales of high adventure and open terrain mountain skiing. Surely you have a ski rack on your car, not??


#3202984 - 12/01/13 02:40 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: JHZR2]
fdcg27 Offline

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 10993
Loc: OH
I've been seeing a number of sign holding beggars over the past couple of years.
The first time I saw any was in the early 'eighties, also a very difficult economic period.
They dried up entirely by the mid 'nineties, when anyone with a pulse and a room temperature IQ could make a decent living in the tight labor market of the time.
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#3203022 - 12/01/13 03:11 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 6552
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I still see the odd one, some i would never pick up, others look reasonable but my route only gets them a couple more miles down the highway.
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#3203043 - 12/01/13 03:26 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: IndyIan]
satinsilver Offline

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 3258
Loc: Ohio
Even if I see a nice looking lady hitch hiking I'd be concerned about a guy running up out of the bushes to the car and wanting a ride and/or who knows what else.

#3203047 - 12/01/13 03:31 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
Shannow Online   content

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 29800
Loc: Oz
They were, and still are very common on Oz roads, and I have been know to pick them up...once very memorable, and I went "missing" for three days...another a bloke described how he'd just been released from jail, and was going to another to visit his brother (He was lying at the side of the road...I thought he'd been hit by a coal truck)...others very interesting foreigners backpacking around the country...others just down on their luck and needing to get home.

As a father with children, and with the way the place is going, haven't picked one up for 5 years or so, except from the city boundary to my turn off outside the Max security prison on the way to work.

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