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.
gosh, i’m glad you didn’t end up in jail,Laz.
i think the quality of your posts might have been seriously
hope your catching up on the the sleep you must have lost!
and well played by you there at the end of the ordeal.
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company"
Now don't do dat again.
In Bill's Story, he said of the early days at his home, "...there were many failures, and an occasional heartening success." A few years later, their success rate was 50% of all newcomers, and half the remainder after a few slips. In the mid-1980s, I saw that kind of success rate. It seems to run in cycles.
For now, after 27.5 years in the program, I look around the rooms and I see dead people everywhere, with a few heartening exceptions. Those few are why we keep going.
Another wife. One God selects. I keep on trying to pick women, and have discovered that my picker is BROKE.
I haven't trusted ANYONE since.
Please don't close off that hard. I will trust again. I just won't cosign. :)
Slim’s rule #1
You can’t save people from themselves.
Slim’s rule # 2
You can’t change rule # 1.
Slim’s rule # 3
Trust is the condition necessary for betrayal to occur.
Sometimes it sux to be Slim, but that’s the way it is.
Never loan a car or your wife to a friend because he will throw a rod in both of them.I’m glad things worked out well for you.had to be the scare of your life.
I wouldn’t shoot,but the guy would have gotten a systematic beat-down.
Glad everything worked out, but like others said, keep an eye on your back. The “friends” you refused to take somewhere, they know what you look like.
Not trying to make you paranoid, but would rather that than to hear you got hurt.
You worked in The Program. You of all people should know that self-change is nearly impossible. The ONLY change that seems to have any effect is available ONLY at Step 3: Turn our will and our lives over to a power greater than ourselves.
I trusted my wife too.
I learn along time ago, when investing or loaning money to friends or relatives to give no more than I am willing write off right then.
Out of all the people, I have
loaned given money to, only one real practicing drunk has repaid me.
Laz's Rule #1: But God can.
Slims rule # 2: You cant change rule # 1.
Laz's Rule #2: God doesn't want you to.
I thank him every day that not only do I have the best wife in the world, but how that could have happened.
She always tells me things happen for a reason and so, maybe this has as well.
Read some Oscar Wilde to recover is my advice. Listen to Roger Miller: “I’ve been a fooooool...”
“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.” — Oscar Wilde
“It was nice to have you,” said the hostess.
“It was nice to have been had,” replied I.
Wilde was very good at pointing out the human condition with acerbic wit.
Laz, if you'd given those "friends" the ride they'd requested, you probably wouldn't be back here to post your experience.
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