Friday, July 16, 2004
Live and Learn
Well, that little 'Good Samaritan' deed I pulled last week ended up costing me $45 and a fight with my friend - we'll call him Fear. First, it's Fear's AAA membership. Fear was angry that I didn't tell him about it. I did call him three times trying to get his permission during the incident...but never got hold of him. I thought I left a message - but according to Fear, he never received one.
Fear said he gave me the card to use at my discretion - which I did. He wouldn't have minded if I used it for me - again, which I did. I questioned, what if I were with Cheryl? Of course he says she's part of me so it would be okay. If it were any of my friends, that would be okay.
So wait, let me get this right...I can help a friend but I can't help a neighbor? This situation would be different if I knew the woman I was helping? What a lonely world.
I once locked my keys in my running ignition. I didn't have AAA. I had a locksmith come to my car and I only paid $25 out of pocket. Why then would it cost a Premiere AAA Card Holder $45 for a simple lockout? I say someone's getting duped by the A's.
Of course, had I known it would cost anything [even a penny] I might've chosen an alternative way to help the woman. It would've been cheaper for us to call a locksmith for twenty-five bucks. Well, now I know!
Over a month ago, I was about to write a check to AAA for my own membership. Fear insisted I take his card to save me money. Yet, if I'd just spent that $45 on a membership, I would've made that generous offer in my name.
I still won't think twice about helping a neighbor in need - God knows I've been helped over and over and over again. I'll continue to give back when I can. But I WILL think twice about doing so in the name of Fear!