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Theft Takes a Holiday
During the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, a
businessman was making the long drive from Seattle to
Spokane. He was bored, so when he saw a hitchhiker along
the side of the road, he pulled over and offered him a
ride. As soon as the guy climbed into the car, the
businessman regretted his decision. The hitchhiker was
shabbily dressed, his hair was greasy and unwashed and
he smelled bad.
When another hitchhiker appeared along the side of the
road—a clean-cut, nicely dressed young man—the
businessman pulled over again and offered the kid a
ride. Now he relaxed. He figured the scruffy hitchhiker
wouldn't try anything with two men in the car.
They hadn't traveled far before the kid pulled a pistol
out of his backpack and ordered the driver to pull off
the highway and drive down a dirt road.
"Give me the keys," he said. "Now get out of the car.
Both of you."
He backed the driver and the scruffy hitchhiker away
from the car. Waving the gun back and forth, he demanded
their wallets and their watches. Suddenly, the scruffy
hitchhiker lunged at the kid and knocked him cold with a
single powerful blow to the head. He took the gun and
went through the kid's pockets.
"Only forty bucks," the scruffy hitchhiker said. "From
the way he was waving around that gun, I knew he was an
amateur. But it's better than nothing. Here. You take a
twenty," and he handed a $20 bill to the driver.
"What are you going to do now?" the driver said.
"Don't worry. I ain't gonna rob you," the scruffy
hitchhiker said. "I don't work during the holidays."