Some folks do things because, it's the right thing to do. I rarely pass a vehicle on the side of the road that I don't consider to stop and see if they need assistance. There are situations where I won't stop and several when I do.
A few years ago, I was traveling in northern Colorado, saw a car up ahead with it's 4 way emergency flashers barely blinking. It was cold. I slowed to take a look, usually these vehicles are empty, this one wasn't. There was a young lady sitting behind the wheel. So, I pulled over and backed my rig up. Got out and asked if she needed help. Turns out, she was holding an infant inside her coat. She said they had been there all night. We're 80 or so miles from the next town, no cell towers close so, I loaded her and the baby up in my truck and hauled them to that town where her step dad met us at a gas station.
Transferred her, the child and her belongs to her step dad's vehicle, wished them luck and said good bye. I went inside the store and used the restroom, bought something to eat and headed home. Felt good to help her. But, as I said, no good deed goes unpunished. About 20 miles down the road, I got pulled over by the highway patrol. Someone had reported that I had pulled up to the gas pump, filled up and left without paying.
The LEO was getting ready to cuff me and I asked again what I was being accused of. He said stealing gas. I then told him if he could find any gas on my diesel truck, I'd put the cuffs on myself. He made a call, turns out that station didn't even sell diesel and my truck was never near any of their pumps.
Just before letting me go, he told me that they got a lot of reports of thefts from that particular station. I asked if they had ever considered that the folks working there were filling up their vehicles and then calling the LEOs to cover up the theft by blaming other drivers?. He responded that they had thought of that.
I still follow the same guidelines, I've needed assistance in the past when no one would stop. That sucks.
[This message has been edited by blackrams (edited 02-21-2021).]