Being a “good Samaritan” can have it’s drawbacks. Doing something nice for someone else usually doesn’t cost you very much. A smile here, holding a door open there, maybe picking up the tab on a lunch date with your best friend, none of these things will really impact your life, and to be honest sometimes it doesn’t really impact theirs farther than, “oh, that was nice of them.” Sometimes when we go out of our way for someone else, it can have consequences that we wouldn’t expect. You would think that doing a kindness for another person would always work out for the better…but like this guy quickly found out, sometimes doing something nice can be a HUGE waste of time.
A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning.
“I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.
Then, a louder knock follows and he hears a stirring from his wife.
“Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.
So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is man standing at the door. It didn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man was drunk.
“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”
“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.
He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby sitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”
“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.
“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the right thing to help him.”
So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed and goes downstairs.
He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”
And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”
So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”
And the stranger replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”
Seriously?! I would have been so angry! Not only did I get woken up at 3am, I went downstairs TWICE in order to “do the right thing.” Being kind can only get you so far! This joke is funny – I wasn’t expecting this ending! I think it is funny to so many people because we have all been in this situation before! We’re just trying to be accommodating, but someone ends up taking it too far. Come on, give us a break!
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