Tuesday, July 26, 2016
What Would You Do?
Here's story that happened to us the other day that I wanted to tell because I'm really curious how you all would have handled this situation.
So we were exhausted after driving our second day of the five day driving trip. We had just checked into a hotel there in Illinois, in a small city in the middle of nowhere, way off from the freeway.
Just as we were parking the car and now empty trailer (having just unloaded all the stuff for my daughter and her husband) and were gathering our things to go collapse in our room, we were approached by a young family.. husband, wife and three little kids.
"Excuse me" they said. "We have a question."
Instantly we felt weird and wanted to run away.
"We just fixed our transmission in our van and have no money. We don't want money from you, but wondered if you could buy us a room. For the kids. We have no place to say the night."
Our response... "um."
"It's for the kids. We don't want any money. Just, if you could please help us with a room."
P.S. We just bought the last room at this particular hotel... and not a budget one either. A fairly nice Hilton run one actually.
"Please, we are from Sacramento and we are just passing through. Please help us."
We pretty much just stared at them. Because, what can you even say? Finally, my husband said. "Let us talk about it."
So they retreated a ways and waited while we said things to each other like... "we can't buy them a room here... it's full, it's expensive. We have no cash. If we bought them a room, we'd have to go WITH them somewhere. Everything is probably full. We got the last room! I'm not going to search for a room NOW. IT's late! I'm tired! Do you think they are for real? Just passing through HERE? Who passes through HERE? Can we tell them we have no money? Cause we don't. But here we are at a nice hotel! Um. What should we do? Do we have ANY cash at all? We can't buy them something on our card, we'd be liable. No way!"
Finally, I dug through my purse and found a ten dollar bill, truly the last of my cash. They wandered back over to us. We gave it to them and said, sorry, that's all we could do. We suggested finding some other help to go toward a room. And that perhaps there was a $50 room still available. Somewhere.
They thanked us and god blessed us and went on their way.
We felt both ripped off, charitable, relived, used and mad all at the same time.
Sheesh. I felt like there was NOTHING we could do in this situation to feel okay about the outcome! And I mean, perhaps they were for real, you know? And in that case... .
What would you have done?