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Old 27-01-2015   #136
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

Sadly probably not. Maybe if they owned a fiat
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I have stopped to help people before but...

http://www.norfolk.police.uk/newsand...amwarning.aspx

...use your head chaps.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

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I have stopped to help people before but...

http://www.norfolk.police.uk/newsand...amwarning.aspx

...use your head chaps.
looks like the same scam i posted a week ago
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

If there blocking the road or in danger
MAYBE

But not really interested, most wont pay you
So sod em

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It's truly sad how worried people have become in the UK about stopping to help other people : be it because they are worried about getting robbed, conned etc, or worried about being accused of being / saying / doing something wrong.
I work in the Falkland Islands - and everyone here will stop if they see someone at the side of the road, even if you've only stopped to take photographs, just to make sure you are OK and don't need any help. It's a much simpler, and probably happier, state of mind down here than it is in the UK...
But, in answer to the OP, yes usually. I would make an assessment of the situation, but unless I felt particularly uncomfortable about it, I would stop to help. Maybe that's because I'm also a motorcyclist, and that's just "what you do"...
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I grew up in a part of Cornwall where going shopping usually meant a 20-30 mile round trip. Carburettors and contact breakers lived under most bonnets, no-one had a mobile phone and any exposure to a computer involved lots of typing or a cassette deck.
Everyone stopped for a broken down car. If you had tools and knowledge you tried to fix it, if not you ferried the unfortunate driver to a town or garage.
I rescued a few. Some would give you something for your help, others couldn't but were always grateful.
A few years after I moved away I stopped to check on an alfa with it's bonnet up and my offer of help was greeted in the same manner one might greet the offer of having a boiled stoat rammed up a nostril.
I'd stop for a dangerous situation or if a family was stuck. Anyone with a Fiat Forum sticker would get the gold service obviously!
To be honest I'd probably stop for anyone who looked like they needed help. I find it pitiful that we allow ourselves to be scared to stop and offer help. Living scared of everything ain't livin'.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

Whilst not broken down, I stopped for a woman stood on the side of the road, and a man laying in a ditch next to her (no idea what could have happened), which is obviously quite different from a breakdown. I did stop, but I made sure that the door was locked and my girlfriend only would down the window a few inches to speak and check everything was okay. It was - he was very drunk and she was very cross with him. Good start to a new year!

As for breaking down, I would potentially stop. but only if I could actually be of any assistance. Or I'd offer my phone to call the AA or something. I myself would be little use.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I helped a woman who broke down she had no credit on her phone so i lent her mine so she could ring her husband
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I have stopped in the past, but with little or no mechanical knowledge it's more to make sure the people are OK. I probably would stop again but in very limited circumstances, probably not at night and not for a bloke or group of blokes unless they're over 70 !
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

If I could help, definitely. Not sure I'd be that much use though. Have in the past done a couple of jump starts & gave some spare fuel.
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I stopped to help the owner of a Citroen Picasso (beyond help really but) who had a flat rear tyre and no clue what to do.

The spare is under the boot hanging in a cage like my old 205GTI so it was a matter of seconds to get the bolt undone enough to drop the spare on the floor. The jack and wheel locking wheel nut key was in a box inside the spare.

Problem: Because the rear tyre was flat the car was too low to get the spare out of the basket. You need the spare out to get to the jack. That you can not get to because the car is now too low.

I used my jack, and the locking bolt key was so rusted it snapped first try.

Hammered a socket over the bolt to free it, got the spare on, tied the basket up with a cable tie as it wouldn't do up due to rusty threads, put the car down and the spare was flat.

I put my jack back in my car and luckily that day I happened to have my compressor in there. As I was waiting for the tyre to fill with air six girls turned up. They had been watching from inside a fast food establishment and were his passengers.

GIT!!!

Turns out they were all nurses and he was driving them back from the beach.

GIT!!!

I guessed that's why he was driving his Mums car. It was his and he took his trainers off, put on a pair of crock looking ballet shoes to drive in.
One of the nurses said if we had asked for help it would have taken at least an hour. A group "Thank you" and they all left.



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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

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I stopped to help the owner of a Citroen Picasso (beyond help really but) who had a flat rear tyre and no clue what to do.

The spare is under the boot hanging in a cage like my old 205GTI so it was a matter of seconds to get the bolt undone enough to drop the spare on the floor. The jack and wheel locking wheel nut key was in a box inside the spare.

Problem: Because the rear tyre was flat the car was too low to get the spare out of the basket. You need the spare out to get to the jack. That you can not get to because the car is now too low.

I used my jack, and the locking bolt key was so rusted it snapped first try.

Hammered a socket over the bolt to free it, got the spare on, tied the basket up with a cable tie as it wouldn't do up due to rusty threads, put the car down and the spare was flat.

I put my jack back in my car and luckily that day I happened to have my compressor in there. As I was waiting for the tyre to fill with air six girls turned up. They had been watching from inside a fast food establishment and were his passengers.

GIT!!!

Turns out they were all nurses and he was driving them back from the beach.

GIT!!!

I guessed that's why he was driving his Mums car. It was his and he took his trainers off, put on a pair of crock looking ballet shoes to drive in.
One of the nurses said if we had asked for help it would have taken at least an hour. A group "Thank you" and they all left.



No I will never get a Picasso.
Picasso's are only 5 seaters though aren't they
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

No idea I didn't look inside the thing.
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Picasso's are only 5 seaters though aren't they
don't they do a grand picasso with 7 seats, a bit like the fugly 7 seat 500L
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don't they do a grand picasso with 7 seats, a bit like the fugly 7 seat 500L
Dunno. They might with the C4 Picasso, I just assumed it was a traditional one (Xara or what ever it was called).
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