On a recent trip, I parked my car at the off-site facility I use, like normal. I got on the shuttle and rode it to the airport, like normal. Everyone else got off the shuttle at the first stop, and I was the last person still waiting to get dropped off. The shuttle driver was carrying the final suitcase down the stairs, when the passenger stopped him. “Can I ask a favor of you?” he said. (Now, I expected the favor to be something like, “Can I get change for a $20,” or something similarly benign. Um, no.) “I just realized I have a knife in my pocket. I don’t want to take it through security, because I’ll get in trouble. Can you take it and put it in my car?” Then he gave the driver a piece of paper with his parking space number and the code to unlock his car, along with an extra $5.
Wow. I have so many issues with this! First off, I know that I live in Texas. But seriously. How can you not remember you have a knife in your pocket?? This guy was obviously a frequent flier, he should have known better! Second, to give someone that you don’t know the code to get into your car? That just seems incredibly stupid to me! Finally, from the drivers’ perspective, it seems like setting yourself up for a host of problems. What if this is the one time that someone breaks into this guy’s car? Guess who will get blamed?? Oh and one more—it seems like a favor like this is worth way more than $5. But that’s just me.
One alternative was to have the driver take him back to the facility so he could put it back himself. I’ve had to do this once before (I left my phone in my car) and it took less than ten minutes. (BTW I tipped that guy $10 because I was incredibly grateful.) Granted, it’s not a great option if you’re running super short on time. It just seemed so weird!
So friends, my recommendation to you is to leave your knives at home. It just seems to make things much simpler.
Readers, what do you think? Is it a weird request, or am I being overly analytical?