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Thread: Rescuer, rescuee and other strange happenings on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee;[URL="tel:3130160"
    3130160[/URL]]You as well eh? Maybe it is too olde & gone tat tas.


    Maybe Steve has put a hex on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Ian View Post
    True tale.

    It was about 0200 hours, 70~80 kilometres south of Wycliffe Well. I had loaded three trailers with
    Opal petrol, at Birkenhead, for delivery and storage in the Queensland Gulf.
    I noticed flashing, amber lights in the distance and prepared to stop, not knowing what happening, roadworks, prang, hijack??
    As I approached the fiasco a saw a large Mercedes van with headlights and hazard lights ablaze and an old XD Falcon with caravan, in darkness.
    Once stopped, I was asked if I would swap batteries with the Falcon, as his was flat. Apart from the physical impossibility of that, my truck was mere months old, IT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN!
    Making enquiries I established that the young couple and toddler were German tourists, on the way to Adelaide airport, where they intended to abandon car and caravan, to fly back to Europe. The older fellow in the van had stopped to help the broken down family.
    I had jump leads and offered to jump start the Ford. Then it was revealed that the alternator had failed and the car driven until the battery died.
    I explained that even with a new battery, without an alternator they wouldn't make Adelaide and the best option would be for me to tow them to Wycliffe Well, where a second hand alternator would be easily sourced.
    The van man and I turned the Falcon and caravan around with the Benz and I tied it to the back of my last trailer. The German bloke seemed to be totally lacking in any practical skills.
    Doing a final check to make sure everything was as safe s possible, the German chap approached me,asking if his wife and daughter could ride in the cab with me, as he had just noticed the petrol placard on the trailer and was concerned that if he crashed into the trailer, it might explode with his car. I agreed without telling him that if he took out the back trailer, the other two, the prime mover and everything for a few hundred metres would be toast.
    I got him safely, to as close as possible to the workshop and had a short conversation with him, as I untied his car. He opened his wallet, revealing the biggest wad of cash I'd seen for quite some time and asked how much I wanted. Tempting as it was, I told him we didn't work like that in Australia. Just doing my bit for Australia's reputation and tourism industry.
    He also revealed that he was an electrical engineer!

    Hate to say this but someone was being taken for a Mug. The whole wallet would have been nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    Hate to say this but someone was being taken for a Mug. The whole wallet would have been nice.
    Sometimes we have to do things, just because it's the right thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RANDLOVER View Post
    Had something similar happen, years ago a client who became more of a friend invited me to an Oktoberfest as he was German, we spent a lovely afternoon and evening there and decided to leave, I drove out first and noticed when I turned at a set of traffic lights he continued straight on, thinking he was getting lost now that it was dark, I did a u-turn, raced after him and just saw him turn into a side street, he finally slowed and stopped so I jumped out and went to the passenger door to tell him to follow me, only to have it open and his wife throw up narrowly missing my shoes! Turns out Anne was a coeliac and the different foods had upset her stomach, and he was just looking for a quiet place to stop.
    I thought this is pro'ly a more appropriate thread than where originally posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RANDLOVER View Post
    I thought this is pro'ly a more appropriate thread than where originally posted.


    Just as well she didn't chuck up over your Lederhosen Rand, as that would have taken a bit of scrubbing out.

    Shoes no probs, that could be done with a Garden Hose & a stiff broom.

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