Up until about three years ago I would often stop and pick up hitchhikers - I had hiked long distances in my youth and felt a certain obligation towards fellow travelers.
After hearing reports of attacks on motorists, I started thinking about the dangers and, thereafter, would only stop for women or older folk.
However, when I gave a lift to two women who became obnoxious and aggressive, my attitude hardened even further.
The final straw though, was when I gave a lift to a woman on a long stretch of road. Despite the fact that I had pulled over for a pee break during the journey, instead of asking me to stop when she felt the need, she simply relieved herself on the front seat through her dress - I only discovered what she'd done after I'd dropped her off and, leaning over to get something out of the cubby, I felt the wetness on my hand ... there was an unpleasant smell in the car for weeks afterwards.
From that day on I decided, enough! - no lifts to anyone, no matter how innocent, pretty or desperate-looking - no exceptions.
Even though I know that someone will eventually stop for them, I often feel bad when passing hikers, as in this case, a woman and young child standing in the rain.
What worries me when I pass vulnerable-looking people like this is that, by traveling with me they would be safe, they will arrive at their destination unharmed. What if they're picked-up by a reckless driver or someone with bad intentions?
On the other hand, it is their choice to be on the road, should I take responsibility for their lives?
Would Mandela, or even Obama, have asked their drivers to stop as they cruised by in their limos?
What would you have done, would you have stopped for this Madonna and Child?
For you and me in paradise
Oh, think twice, it's just another day
For you, you and me in paradise
Just think about it'