I'm going to try to keep this long story short.
Yesterday we had our 2nd little snowstorm in as many days. It was about mid-afternoon in the middle of this mini-blizzard when I noticed a vehicle stopped in front of our yard and noticed a man staring at his front right wheel which had actually "fallen off" the hub, the entire wheel including rotor tilted inward and up inside his wheel well. About a half hour later I noticed he was outside and away from his car trying to get a better signal on his cellphone. I went outside, whistled to him and invited him in to get warm and use our home phone which he did.
We sat at the kitchen table shooting the breeze as he made his calls and AAA was on the way. I offered him drink and he seemed like a decent guy, he said he was 50 and worked right up the street at a Dunkin Donuts distribution center. About an hour later the tow truck came as he went outside and gone shortly thereafter. I felt good thinking I had done a good deed.
Fast forward to this morning and I got up to find the wife going a little crazy searching for something. I joined the search and trust me after some time "it" is long gone. "It" was a Massachusetts Lottery quick-pick for Mass Cash, 5 quick picks for $5.00, the drawing was last night. It was sitting on the dining room table directly in front of where this guy sat and yes, I did leave him alone a few times albeit briefly.
No, we cannot prove that he took the ticket, but that is the only possibility, the only answer to our search. It was the only
piece of paper on the table. It's a shame to believe that he could have taken it, but it doesn't surprise me. Could he have inadvertently picked it up by mistake? Yes. Maybe he'll stop by over the coming days and return it saying he must have grabbed it by accident as he fumbled with papers and cards from his wallet. I checked online this morning and nobody won anyway, at least not the big prize of $100k.
I've been fooled dozens upon dozens of times in my life, but I guess you'll never take the "nice guy" out of me.