Which man do you choose?
The middle aged white collar professional who drives an Audi A4
The barrel-chested workman who drives a Dodge Ram truck
What excuse do you think that the person you did not choose would offer as to why he could not help?
BONUS: Do you think the response would be different based on the sex of the motorist in need of aid?
The two men were not together in this story. The professional was walking by my car just as I discovered that no amount of coaxing could convince my engine to turn over. When I asked if he would be kind enough to give me a boost, he asked if I had cables. When I said I did, he looked disappointed and then glanced at his (very expensive) watch. I was fully prepared at that point to say, "Don’t let me hold you up..." but before I could, he offered, "Well, I’m running really late." Once again, as I began to provide him with a graceful out, he interrupted me with, "I was really hoping to get home before my son went to bed. Could you ask the next guy? Ok?"
For posterity’s sake, I want to be on record as saying, "What an effin’ weenie."
The "next guy" was the workman. He also looked a little uncomfortable when I asked for a boost, but once I confirmed I had cables, he said sure. We hooked up machines, and a scant minute later the Golf was fired up and I was thanking him.
I was tempted to ask, "That thing got a Hemi?" but thought it might be too much.