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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    About a week ago, I was at a local eating establishment. When I left and came out to my car, I noticed a relatively small but very noticeable dent and paint damage on the passenger side of my vehicle. I'd say there's probably $300-400 damage. Someone had obviously hit my car while pulling in next to me. Of course, there's was no note left telling me how to contact the guilty party.

    I got to thinking about what percentage of people would actually try to locate the owner of a car that they had just hit. All they would had to do was find me in the restaurant or leave a notice for me to contact them. I told my father that I believe less than 1 in 10 would be honest enough to do this, although I suspect the number is more like 1 in 20. We live in a very dishonest society. Most people are dishonest to some degree.

    What do you think? Have you ever found yourself on either end of a similar situation? Do you believe, as I do that maybe only 1 in 20 would try to find out who the owner of the damaged vehicle is? Do you think people are more honest than that?
    No. And the older I get the less trustworthy I am in my fellow humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    Sadly, I think you are on to something there. I do think that man's nature is good but something goes terribly wrong along life's path and he becomes corrupt.
    It all started with that damn snake SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDog75 View Post
    No. And the older I get the less trustworthy I am in my fellow humans.
    I concur. I'm sure you are like me and wish it wasn't that way but it certainly is.

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    If I knocked the paint off someone's car I would absolutely leave a note. Unless their car was crappy.

    Someone completely knocked the front bumper off my moms car in the parking lot of a store in Frankfort and left absolutely nothing.

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    A few years ago my wife and I were in McD's near Dixie HS. While sitting there we watched a woman back out of a space and dent the bottom side of my wife's car. I ran out to stop the woman and of course she stated she didn't do it but I told her my wife and I just witnessed it. She tried to get away and I had to stand behind her car and practically dare her to run me over so she wouldn't take off until the police showed up. She continued to lie to the police officer until he pointed out the paint transfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDog75 View Post
    A few years ago my wife and I were in McD's near Dixie HS. While sitting there we watched a woman back out of a space and dent the bottom side of my wife's car. I ran out to stop the woman and of course she stated she didn't do it but I told her my wife and I just witnessed it. She tried to get away and I had to stand behind her car and practically dare her to run me over so she wouldn't take off until the police showed up. She continued to lie to the police officer until he pointed out the paint transfer.
    I'm not budging from my 1 in 20 estimate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    Now that I've said how dishonest I think people are, in general...a little story. A few years back, I was in Lexington around Brandon Crossing area. I had just stopped at a traffic light when I thought I felt an ever so slight bump. I thought maybe the car in the back of me had nudged my vehicle but I really wasn't sure. I proceeded on for about two or three miles and pulled into a Shell to get some gas. I was pumping the gas when a young lady about 23 years of age came over to me and said she had followed for three miles and that she thought she had hit my vehicle and wanted to see if there was any damage and give me her insurance information. I looked and there was no signs of any damage at all but she still insisted that I take her insurance information in case I noticed something later and wanted to contact the insurance company. I couldn't believe she had actually followed me trying to chase me down to tell me she had bumped into my car.(I'm still not even convinced that her car even made contact with mine) The fact that the car I was driving that day was a Mercedes made her honesty all the more impressive. There are honest people out there; they are just in the minority, I'm afraid.
    She was raised with a conscience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoops5 View Post
    She was raised with a conscience.
    As my pawpaw used to say, "She had some good raisin' ."

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    In the past 6 months my car has been bumped into no dents just white scratches at least 5 times. I hoping it will buff out or I will just have to get it repainted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Footballforever74 View Post
    In the past 6 months my car has been bumped into no dents just white scratches at least 5 times. I hoping it will buff out or I will just have to get it repainted.
    Maybe that ex gf that you cheated on has been exacting some revenge.

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    -Once in Frisch's parking lot there was a note left by someone who had dented my driver's side door with a number to reach her insurance company.

    -One time I was turning left and the car behind me also turning left ran right into the back of me screwing up my bumper. We both got out, and when I asked him about insurance he jumped back in his car and took off.

    I got the license plate number, but when I reported it the plates didn't match the make of his vehicle. He obviously had a stolen license plate and no insurance, and perhaps even a stolen car.

    -One morning I went out to my car and found my window busted. I phoned the police who came to take a report and told me that someone in the neighborhood had smashed numerous windows that very same morning.

    My neighbor who had a camera in her driveway reported her window being smashed and later that night told me that they found the person who had done it and had the police speak to them.

    I phoned the police to let them know that the woman next door had informed me that they found the person who was breaking the windows and the lady at the police department proceeded to scream at me for calling and said that I was supposed to wait until the officer who took the report had called me.

    That was about 15 years ago and I'm still waiting for that call. I never knew who did it, and since my insurance deductible is $500 I had to pay for the damages myself.

    The police department treated me like a criminal for trying to get to the bottom of it, and then they never followed up with me even though they found the person who had done it.

    My mechanic who replaced the window tried to console me with his own story of how his shop was robbed of $30,000 worth of equipment, and when he phoned the police a week later to see if they had any leads, they screamed at him for having called and never got back with him ever again.

    He said that if they weren't going to care about his big loss, they certainly weren't going to care about my window.

    The cold reality that while the criminals in Covington don't give a damn about you, neither does the Covington Police Department. I've never been arrested for anything my entire life, but anytime that I've ever had to deal with them for any reason you'd have thought that I was some sort of criminal with the unfair disarming smart alec disrespect that they have treated me with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    Maybe that ex gf that you cheated on has been exacting some revenge.
    Haven't cheated on a gf?

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    It is depressing, but I think the number is low as well, and I am proud to say I am in the minority on this one although it cost me some coin a few years ago. I was at a mall in Myrtle Beach and backed into a van. (It jumped right behind me!) I waited until the owners from Illinois came out, and I gave them my info. Luckily they didn't gouge me.

    Just in the last year mini-doomer2"s car was hit ($800) and my truck got a ding in the door (still there) and no notes.

    A few years ago, when we lived in a golf community (Two Creeks around Frankfort Country Club) a "lady" hit my truck with her golf ball. I collected the ball since it was OB anyway, and when she got up near me, I told her - which she knew - that her ball had hit my truck and put a ding in it. Her reply was, "I'm sorry for your luck". I informed her that, no, it was her bad luck because I wanted her name and phone number, and she was going to repair it. Eventually, I talked to her husband, who conceded that they would repair. In the end, I got ding doctors, and they fixed a few dings, so I didn't follow up on getting reimbursed. I think in general there are a lot of classless low-lifes around in all socio-economic groups.

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    I wouldn't try to find you, but I'd absolutely leave a note that I had hit you and give you my # and insurance info.



    Not all that similar as it doesn't apply to vehicle accidents, but a couple weeks ago wife and I were going to the NKU game and she was waved into the parking lot without being asked for the $5 parking fee. She has a parking pass for work that is very similar to the NKU student parking passes. She stopped the guy and informed him she wasn't a student and forked over the $5. Later that night we stopped at a bar for a bite and she had a beer and I had two. When we got our bill, only 2 of our 3 beers were listed. We brought it to the attention of the server who thanked us for our honesty and added it to our bill. Only a few bucks in each situation, but I'm a firm believer in karma and if you do the right thing when you don't have to, it'll pay you back ten-fold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    About a week ago, I was at a local eating establishment. When I left and came out to my car, I noticed a relatively small but very noticeable dent and paint damage on the passenger side of my vehicle. I'd say there's probably $300-400 damage. Someone had obviously hit my car while pulling in next to me. Of course, there's was no note left telling me how to contact the guilty party.

    I got to thinking about what percentage of people would actually try to locate the owner of a car that they had just hit. All they would had to do was find me in the restaurant or leave a notice for me to contact them. I told my father that I believe less than 1 in 10 would be honest enough to do this, although I suspect the number is more like 1 in 20. We live in a very dishonest society. Most people are dishonest to some degree.

    What do you think? Have you ever found yourself on either end of a similar situation? Do you believe, as I do that maybe only 1 in 20 would try to find out who the owner of the damaged vehicle is? Do you think people are more honest than that?
    When I was 17 years old I backed up into a car in a parking lot at Wendy's in Newport, I really didn't want to go in and say anything more so because I was embarrassed but I walked in and got everyone's attention to find out whose car it was that I just ran into in the parking lot. The couple were surprised that I said anything and I think that's why they just let me go on about my business.

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