Skip to comments.Don't EVER Do This!
Posted on 07/29/2012 5:51:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz
DO NOT EVER DO THIS.
I met a fellow about 7 years ago in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. He was getting cleaned up; so was I. We became fast friends. Soon, I was helping him out, and he was helping me.
Sometimes I loaned him money -- a lot -- and sometimes he loaned it to me. Once, I loaned him my car for some jobn interviews. Everything went well.
He contacted me recently and asked if I could rent him a car. "Why can't you rent it?" I asked. Well, he had a valid license but not a physical copy of it. Sure, I replied. I can do it.
I rented the car for him from Enterprise. He paid for the whole deal, including the extended insurance (which I demanded he do). Four days pass, the car needs to be returned or re-rented. No problem, he comes with more money and we re-rent it. Four more days pass, and I contact him. No answers. I call him all day. No answers. Now I am getting worried.
I go to where his last address was, and his girlfriend answers (also in the program of recovery) and she says he moved out some time back. She hints he's returned to using. Now I am getting REALLY worried.
I call and call and call. The next day, I go to Enterprise, and they inform me that because he is an unauthorised driver, no coverage will be afforded me under the insurance. I may be 100% civilly liable. They instruct me to report the car stolen. I call Chamblee police, and an officer comes. Police are always suspicious, and this one is too, telling me "my story does not add up" (but it did! It is what happened!) and informing me that I could and would be charged with a FELONY (Theft by Conversion) if the car is not returned by nightfall.
The guy is still not answering. I might be in SERIOUS trouble for being an idiot -- not for truly being a criminal.
The next day he answers, finally. Tells me not to panic, that the car is fine. I tell him HE and I will BOTH be charged with a felony and that we may be already. He shrugs it off ... "No big deal. I've had felonies before."
Yeah, a comment like that, he's definitely using again.
He promises to get the car to me. I wait at home, calling every fifteen minutes. Excuse after excuse on why he's not there yet. Finally, he stops answering again. Oh crap.
A day passes, I'm reaching out to my 12 step friends to locate him. One person saw him in an apartment complex. I stake it out for a while. No luck.
Another day passes. Enterprise calls me, they tell me they haven't issued a warrant yet, but this will be the final day.
So I start thinking like an addict. I was one, I know how they think. The only interest they (used to be me, too) have is their next hit. BINGO. I text him that I will offer him 100's in cash to bring the car back.
Suddenly he calls. He's willing. I tell him to meet me at my place of employment, where there are armed security guards. He pulls in, he's got 2 friends with him. Hmmm. I lure him out of the car by putting the cash on the ground. He gets out, I get in and order the friends out. The dude says, "Aren't you at least going to drive us somewhere?" Hell no. I'm in sight of armed guards right now, this is where they get out. I let them know they need to leave. I wave to the security guards, they wave back. They had no idea what was going on, but the wave convinced the hoodlums to leave.
This was the most terrifying week I have had in a long time. I was certain I was going to be jailed, with little prospect of an immediate bond, and a loss of job, and a felony accusation that my attorney told me was likely to stick.
All because I was too nice, too naive, and just plain stupid.
Don't let anything like this happen to you. I aged about 5 years.
Should we log this one under lesson learned ?
I hafta disagree.
Wising up is not the same as “changing.” Don’t ever become legally responsible for someone else’s actions. Lending money is one thing. Lending your legal entity is another.
That's just great.
Now a balloon animal making clown, 6 strippers, 4 belly dancers, 3 bartenders, a 16 piece orchestra, Hawaiian flame dancers, Elton John and a pony need to find another gig.
Glad you are OK. Quite an experience!
It happens all the time.
Would this person drive 3 hours to give me a ride when I'm stranded?
If I don't know the answer then no, I don't want to rely on them and how could I count on them?
Cynic, yes. I count my real friends on one hand, and that one hand could always be counted on.
Again, that's where my street smarts and former experience come into play. Active addicts have a sixth sense about cops. They would have SMELLED something wrong and peeled back out. Then Laz would have been in jail.
I saw a good film along those lines today
Room For One More (1952)
A family with three children takes in troubled orphans.
Dir: Norman Taurog Cast: Cary Grant , Betsy Drake , Lurene Tuttle .
BW-95 mins, TV-G,
Elton John and a pony !!??!!
I have found that I, too, can count on my hand.
Never seems to have a headache.
Oh, more experience. An addict does not move until the drugs are gone. There is no such thing as a 'holding addict' unless they are on the way back from the dope man.
Been there, done that.
If Jesus is bumming your cigs, tell him to buy his own!
At one point in my life I did trust one. She became addicted to prescription pain killers. She lied to me, spent over a hundred grand on drugs and doctor visits. She betrayed me. She was my wife.
I mean, if you can't trust your wife, who can you trust?
I haven't trusted ANYONE since.
Christ said “Follow Me”, when you accept Christ you accept change but the change is through you and a self examination, It really sucks to be confronted by You and Christ.
That doesn't always work.
For myself I verify BEFORE I trust.