In the last two years, I have been asked three times now, latest one today. I had to take the day off to take my daughter to her yearly check up, and since it's located near a Hellmart, I decided to pick up a few things afterwards.
On the way out, I had a lady, who I'd place between early to mid 20s, ask me for a ride to her house, which she stated was on the other side of the town. Whereas, I was heading the total opposite direction.
First time I was asked, before my daughter was born, was when I was working at a Hellmart (different one than the one I visited today.) I had just gotten off and had to rush to pick up my son from daycare in time before being charge the late fee, when a younger looking man asked me for a ride to the airport.
Now, there are three airports in drivable distances from me, but they are close to 2 hours away one way, if traffic is good.
Naturally, I rejected him and he lost it. Saying it was going to be my fault if he misses his plane, etc. Luckily, I caught the eye of the AP (LP in other stores) manager and he saved me from the customer. Even went as far as escorting me to my car while his AP lackeys dealt with the customer. I don't know what ever happened because I started a 4 day vacation the next day and never bothered to ask upon returning.
When I told her, she only responded, "You for real, girl? Shit is fucked up." She wasn't the best supervisor, but tried being friendly and "cool" with the little slaves. I don't think AP would have told her about it, but who knows.
Now, I didn't know any of these people. Never seen them in my life. I am very cautious around strangers, especially when I have my kids with me.
Both towns this happened in (second person who asked was in the same town as today - Hispanic lady trying to mime it to me because I couldn't understand Spanish, only picked it up when she said 'mi casa' and pointed to my car and a direction) offer taxi and bus services. Multiple buses going to different locations in 10-15 minute intervals. And I am sure a taxi would be more than happy to take someone to the airports because I often see some advertising on the back window, saying Runs to [airport] and [other locations miles and miles away.] (Or something to that extent.)
And on top of that, I really don't have the room in my car for an extra person plus whatever bags/luggage they have. Two car seats in the back leave very little room in between and usually that space is stuffed with toys and blankets the kids may want. The trunk is full with a stroller plus my purchases. And my front seat, I hate to say, is usually covered in papers, books, and other clutter. (Though, it's organized clutter!) So unless these people plan on riding on my roof...not really going to work.
I was just wondering if anyone has ever experienced something like this or if I just have the words "Trustworthy" or "Gullible" tattooed on my forehead? (I have no issue driving friends or family around, with proper amount of time in between asking and driving.) And they never accept no the first time, even if I am stern about. I always end up lying saying I am late for [insert most random thing here.] (Told the lady today I was late for picking up my brother from jail and that everything I bought was to make him a nice home cooked dinner... She doesn't know I don't have a brother in jail...)