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Old 04-25-2007, 12:47 PM
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I'm trying to see if there are any members who live in the Allentown, PA area to help an older gentleman I picked up hitching on I-40 here in Kingston today. I normally don't do things like that, but this poor guy just looked lost and totally out of place.

He says he lost most everything he owned in New Orleans after Katrina and has been bouncing around trying to find a place he can afford to live on social security. He has his belongings in a mini-storage facility in Allentown and is trying to find a way to retrieve them. He has been living in Manchester, TN (hello!!!!! cerichgirl) but is leaving there after he closes out his PO box where he gets his checks.

Maybe I'm being suckered, but I am trying to help this guy out. I have a small vacant house which I have offered to him just to look after it until my marital situation clears up one way or the other. The guy sounds genuine, but it won't be the first time I've been suckered trying to do a good deed.

Is there anybody out there around Allentown who would just be willing to box this old guy's stuff up so I can help him make arrangements to have it picked up? PM me if you don't want to address this in public.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:25 PM
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Just be careful and don't over-extend yourseld or let your guard down. If he's legit he'll appreciate what you are doing for him. If he's not then he'll take advantage of you and I know this is the last thing you need in your life right now. As much as you may think you need to help him out you also need to help yourself work through what life has dealt you.

Hang in there.

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Old 04-25-2007, 03:20 PM
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I have a few packages in Mexico I would like a fellow THT'er bring to Florida for me
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tommyr904 - 4/25/2007 3:20 PM

I have a few packages in Mexico I would like a fellow THT'er bring to Florida for me
I have some friends who would not mind delivering the packages for you but it may take several days to get there because they would be transported via footexpress
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:41 PM
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I have a few packages in Mexico I would like a fellow THT'er bring to Florida for me
I have some friends who would not mind delivering the packages for you but it may take several days to get there because they would be transported via footexpress




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Old 04-25-2007, 03:42 PM
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That is a commonly used method used after Katrina. Some even say they lost loved ones in the flood. Be careful
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How did all his stuff get from New Orleans to Allentown???? Doesn't have much, lost everything in the storm...but can have and afford to move everything on a SHORT (three day) notice from New Orleans to PA????

Come on TN... I'm not buying it.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:53 PM
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Freebird, do what you feel is right. If God has told you that this is the right thing to do, then it is. Regardless if this guy takes advantage of you. Just make sure that you and your family are in no physical danger. If this guy abuses your generesity then it is between him and the Lord.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:38 PM
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the dude asked for help in allentown, not anyone's opinion on the situation...
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:42 PM
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Simma down now!!!
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:35 PM
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No doubt there is potential for scams in cases like this, but this guy seems legit. The Katrina scams were well noted, but that was quite some time ago and has been milked for all it's worth.

This guy asked me for nothing other than a ride to the next exit which had a cheap hotel within walking distance. He had spent the previous night in a hotel at the exit where I picked him up, and there are no restaurants or grocery stores on that exit. This guy did not come to me with some sob story asking for a handout. I do not pick up hitch hikers, period, but there was something about that old guy that touched me from the minute I saw him standing there looking so lost and out of place.

When I went inside the hotel with him, he requested a non-smoking room and showed a valid TN driver's license. He later showed me the business card for the storage facility in PA after I told him I would try to help him with connections I have with trucking companies.

I sure was hoping for nothing more than positive responses on this one. No doubt I joke around about most everything in life, but having been on the bottom rung of the economic ladder myself, I find no humour in this situation.

I plan to try to find help for this guy, and if it turns out to be a scam, I'll be the first to laugh at myself along with all the rest of you. Hell, I'm the anti-welfare guy when things like this come up, but giving someone a hand is different than having them live off a system which rewards people for being lazy. No doubt this guy could make more money sitting on his ass complaining as opposed to spending his social security retirement benefits on trying to find a place to live that he can afford.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:45 PM
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TN FREEBIRD - 4/26/2007 2:35 PM

... Hell, I'm the anti-welfare guy ...
Hey! When did we get "hell" back? It used to automatically change to heck whenever i clicked on [submit].
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:37 PM
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Eyeball - 4/25/2007 8:45 PM

TN FREEBIRD - 4/26/2007 2:35 PM

... Hell, I'm the anti-welfare guy ...
Hey! When did we get "hell" back? It used to automatically change to heck whenever i clicked on [submit].


hell who knows
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:33 PM
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Come on TN BIRD....it all good...we just don't want you to get railroaded...I don't know if we could stand the saga....

Good thing you're doing, just watch your azz.
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i use to work for a hospital here in Melbourne, Fl in Security. Get his name and call the local Hospitals or police to see if he is legit or not. They may not cooperate so get the security directors name first then call an ask for security at night. Give them the directors name and see if he is local drifter.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:45 AM
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My dear ole dad always told me that 6 months of Sh!t luck can put a good man on the street. One day we all may need a helping hand.

TN of course use good common sense, this may be Karma knocking on the door. If I could help I would.

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Old 04-26-2007, 07:02 AM
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Mornin' folks,

Sorry if my last post was a little bit negative but I really was hoping my asking for help in finding someone in PA to help this old guy would be the only matter at hand.

I appreciate the input of those who advised about security issues. I may be dumb, but I ain't stoopid.

For whatever reason, I just felt like this guy was in genuine need. No doubt I will check into his story and his identity before doing more than making offers to help him more than I already have. Contrary to what some have theorized, I am not a wealthy man. Sure, I'm a regular Howie Hughes to this guy, but I can't afford to just go out and adopt somebody no matter how hard they have it. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a sob story from old folks expecially. Even if the guy has been less than honest, I can't imagine being 67 years old and on the streets with no family or friends.

I'm headed out to FL this morning, so regardless of which path the old guy chooses, I'm outta here until later next Friday. Maybe I can make the trip to FL and back without being conned at a gas pump some place. Hell, I've let than happen to me twice in the past couple of months! Once here with a local couple, and once in Georgia on my way home by a skinny little guy in a beat up pick up with an Earnhardt decal #3 in his rear window. He sure had his stuff down pat, either that or he simply decided he wouldn't make good on his promise to mail me a check as I would never miss $20.

I had a really slick good lookin' girl approach me in the parking lot of a fancy jewelry store I had just left back around Valentines (long story). I'd fill you in on the details, but I have to run right now. Bottom line, I was suspicious enough of her not to give her any money, just my phone number!

Dammit, it just started pouring rain!!! Gotta go, but don't worry, I'll have my laptop with me!
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So what happened to your friend???
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:31 AM
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marker150 - 5/10/2007 10:22 AM

So what happened to your friend???
That's a good question, and the wife and I were talking about that last night. Thanks for asking though.

I hope the old guy found a place down around Manchester where he said he was headed to pick up his SS check when I picked him up. If I ever hear from him again, I'll post it.

Lord knows I have enough on my plate right now, but I would have tried to help the guy out as best I could. Who knows, maybe he was a billionaire just seeing if anybody would help an old homeless guy. I'll keep a close eye on my mailbox just in case!

Good luck and God bless you old guy, wherever you are!
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maybe he was a billionaire just seeing if anybody would help an old homeless guy
.............you been watching too many old TV shows
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