BJ'S BLOG 04/23/14 "Does A Good Deed Deserve Cash?"
Hello again, friends! If you’re looking to perform a good deed today, you could do a lot worse than helping out a fellow Rock-A-Holic with some Group Therapy!
We heard from Jeff, who told us about an encounter he had the other morning:
A stranger followed Jeff down the highway for ten minutes (or so the man claims), and finally caught up to him when he stopped for a bite to eat on the way to work. This man explained to Jeff that he tracked him down to tell him gas cap was open. Jeff was grateful, and thanked the man for letting him know…but he was pretty shocked when his so-called Good Samaritan asked me for 10 bucks for gas, because he’d traveled so far to tell Jeff about the gas cap!
Jeff had some cash in his wallet, but he told the stranger that he didn’t have any money. That didn’t go over so well, but Jeff thanked him again, and then left. Jeff’s wife later said that he should have given the man some money.
What is it with some people and giving money? It doesn’t come from an endless source, but I know some people who seem to think that it does, including my wife! I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, personally.
Plus! Let’s not forget that the “good deed” was an open gas cap. I’m sure Jeff would’ve noticed at some point during the day, and it’s not like an open cap does serious damage.
I also find it more than a little weird that this guy followed Jeff so far. That kind of behavior tells me that this guy isn’t on the level. We have some homeless scammers in downtown Seattle who try to extort money for “parking assistance” – offering guidance for meter-feeding, holding parking spots, etc. – and this situation doesn’t seem too different to me.
Admittedly, I get a little lost when we move outside the world of waiters and hotel bellhops; I have trouble knowing who to tip! This is a different circumstance, but it still leaves most people with questions about “doing the right thing.” I think I’d probably offer some kind of rewarding gesture for someone who really saved me from a major inconvenience, or alerted me to a safety risk that I wasn’t aware of…but an open gas cap doesn’t really meet the criteria for me.
I also seem to remember being raised to understand that we do good deeds for the sake of it, not the potential rewards. Am I the only one who caught that lesson?
What do you think, Rock-A-Holics? How would you handle this situation?
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