Was yesterday National Hitchhiker's day? Upon arriving at my work exit yesterday morning there was a gentleman attempting to hitchhike and he had a couple of bags with him and a cardboard sign. Then on my way home that night an entirely different gentleman was attempting to hitchhike, also with a few bags in tow, and his sign indicated he needed to get to a town three exits away.
Three things immediately cross my mind: 1.) isn't it illegal to hitchhike?, 2.) I feel guilty that I'm not a Good Samaritan offering to help, and 3.) Creepy! I've read one too many Dateline Crime Reports to ever pick up a hitchhiker.
So last night to feed my curiosity I looked up laws regarding hitchhiking in NY. Apparently it's not illegal to hitchhike from the shoulder of a road or an on-ramp if no sign is posted prohibiting pedestrians. However, it is illegal to hitchhike the shoulder and highway entrances for the NYS Thruway. So the gentlemen I saw yesterday were not doing anything illegal as it was not the Thruway, but it still creeps me out. I guess it's true, you learn something new everyday.
When you pass by a hitchhiker, how does it make you feel? Have you ever actually stopped and given one a ride?