A few days ago a guy comes up to me at a local dinning place and asks me if I could help him out. I've seen him around town and he looked like a nice guy. He asked me if I could pick up a 5th wheel for him 300 miles away and bring it back to town.
I asked him if it was road worthy and did it have good tires/lights/brakes and he said it was just serviced and ready to go. Since I had some time and a friend of mine lived close by where his 5th wheel was I said ok.
I told him I would go up on Friday night, stay with my friend and tow his 5th wheel back on Saturday. He gave me the keys to it and the tag. I told him I wanted $250 for fuel and $100 for my time which I felt was more than fair for 10 hours driving. He agreed he would pay me when I delivered the 5th wheel.
I got to the storage yard 9:30 am on Saturday and saw the 5th wheel. It looked like it should be in a junkyard. The storage owner said it has sat there for 7 years never moved. He said some guys came by a few weeks ago and aired up the tires and changed one but that was it.
The tail lights were broke, the tires were almost flat, there was no battery in it to raise the front legs, a pile of wires lay unconnected on the floor and the front leg pins were rusty bolts.
I plugged in my cord and no lights worked and neither did the brakes. I called the guy and told him there was no way I was going to tow this 300 miles back in this condition. He got mad and said I should man up and just fix things and do the job I was "hired" to do. I told him I wasn't "hired" to fix his 5th wheel and he lied to me. I hung up on him steaming mad.
I left and came home without the 5th wheel. He called me 3 times on the way home but I was so mad I let it go to voice mail. When I got home the police were waiting for me at my house. They had a warrant for my arrest for "stealing" his keys and tag.
I tried to explain the situation but they said it wasn't their problem and arrested me. $800 bond and 4 hours later I got home. Now this idiot calls me and says he will drop the charges if I pay HIM $100 for his time and troubles and drive to his house and give back the keys and tag!
I suspect he will go to jail for filing a false report but what a hassle and another never help anyone out thing. It's a sad world out there and another lesson learned.