Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Stranded Airline pilot
For Today, Thursday the 6th
I just made an entry referring to pilots, The Tuskegee Pilots. Coming home I usually stop at the Flying J to fill up with diesel because it is not good to let a vehicle stand with a low fuel tank. I felt terrible and I told Sherry I would NOT stop, then decided just a mile ahead, YES I will stop.
I had finished fueling and a man stood in front of my coach pointed to my NAVY tag and gave me the thumbs up. He asked to talk. He was headed to Lake Mary,FL. He was an airline pilot and was moving from PA to Sanford Airport. He and his wife and 17 month old baby were using a UHaul and car. It was a very heart touching story. All their money, credit cards and ID had been stolen. He had just filed a report with the local police. But now he was BROKE. The police advised them to drive back to Charlotte and spend the night in a homeless shelter, and iron this out tomorrow.
He had been in the USMC, at one time was a DI, etc. we had a lot in common (?). If I could help them out, with some funds He would FED EX the money the next day. The gas for the UHAUL and other vehicle would be about $500. I dug into my wallet and took out the $250 I had put back as mad money. Asked sherry what she had & added $80.
Still not enough, so to the ATM I drew out the max $200. (I had never used one of those ATMs at the truck stops, did you know it cost $3.95 to get $200?.... Except to help someone I would never pay that!) YEP at the time I felt very good. Thinking that if I had went with my feelings and not stopped here, the nice guy and family would have been stranded. I enjoy helping folk. We are not rich but we do not owe anyone except to the gov't as TAXES.
You guessed it. No phone call, no FEDEX, but it was a great story! He did not know we had lived 5 miles from the Sanford Airport which makes it so much more believable. LOL
Mr. Woods, if that is his name, has this blog address, our e-mail, addresses and phone numbers we could easily be reached. We even talked about my first girlfriend being a Woods.
Anyway, we came home broke and sick. LOL We will not to lose sleep over this, just disappointed to be taken in by a con-man. I was telling son-Jack about this and remembered the OTHER con-man who was my painter when I was a contractor, he used the USMC connection also. Marines are 'brothers', Most prior military guys are very trustworthy, HOWEVER.......LOL
God is Good, Anyway that is our story and we may as well stick to it. LOL I hope one day before Mr. Woods meets his maker, or a mean con-man, he straightens out his life.
PS: Now with such a sad long story, you are sorry I got back online ain't you? LOL
PS2: I am still hoping something else came up and the man was delayed in sending the money. Life is good, even if you are sick.