5. Free Cash

"On a busy weekend, I was dropping a pizza to a customer on a main road. A man walks up to us, boldly interrupting, asking if I can give him a ride to 15 West Street, which is about 3 blocks away. I tell him to hold on, complete my delivery and turn to him. 'I’ll give you $100,' he says before I can say anything. I paused, weighing my odds. I could SO use the money!

Thoughts flashed before my eyes as I pondered every angle. Finally, I said, 'Sure. But know that I have a kid, don’t f**k with me.' He nodded and hopped in the car. We chatted easily, had a cigarette. He was nervous but calmed down. 'You’re so cool, I’m gonna give you an extra $20,' he promised. 'Well, thanks,' I answered. Three minutes later, I pulled into the driveway, he ran in, 45 seconds later he was back, 3 minutes later he was out of my car. I was alive, with an extra $120 in my pocket. I figure, maybe he just forgot his cell phone at home?"

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