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Old 11-17-2011, 11:52 PM
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:01 AM
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Thanks for posting that article. That was funny as hell.
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My response would have been: "if you don't have the money or the organization to arrange to pay for fuel, what about your mechanics? Thanks for the ride, this is where I get off -- I'd feel safer hitchhiking."

Filing a credit card dispute for the ticket price would have been trivial with video of the whole scene
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:41 AM
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Speaking of hitchhiking, there was a Freakanomics episode that pondered why the practice has virtually disappeared. Mostly it's been the public service scare tactics, cheaper cars, interstates. Apparently, the crime stats for hitchhikers were pretty minimal.
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Speaking of hitchhiking, there was a Freakanomics episode that pondered why the practice has virtually disappeared. Mostly it's been the public service scare tactics, cheaper cars, interstates. Apparently, the crime stats for hitchhikers were pretty minimal.
It's alive (not necessarily well) in the mountains of VA near the national park. I've picked up quite a few hikers and hitchhikers when I was down there, no one ate me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:59 AM
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It's alive (not necessarily well) in the mountains of VA near the national park. I've picked up quite a few hikers and hitchhikers when I was down there, no one ate me.
"But he's got an axe!".
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:13 AM
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"But he's got an axe!".
Safety tip--Don't pick up hitch hikers carry an axe.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:05 AM
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Bhupinder Kandra, the airline's majority shareholder, told the Associated Press from Vienna that travel agents had taken the passengers' money before the planes left but had not passed it on to the airline.
So, be sure you deal with a reputable travel agent, or book your own flight.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:10 PM
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:15 PM
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It's the airline's problem...blaming travel agents, part-way through a trip/flight and making the passengers reponsible for someone else's criminal act is criminal in, and of, itself.

If they (the airline) didn't have the cash/money from the TAs before the flight started, what could have possibly been the excuse, from the TAs, to possibly lead the airline into believing everything would work out before the flight reached its final destination if the airline would let the flight take off?

I say that the airline is responsible for taking the TAs to the woodshed.

The airline is in a much better position to collect than 100s of passengers that #1.) Don't have the lawyering resources that an airline would; and #2.) An airline could ruin a TAs' less-than-worthy reputation much more effectively (and legally) than any passenger could ever dream of.

If I were a judge in this case, I'd order the airline's assets frozen, then disperse the passengers' collections back to each, plus a year's worth of interest, then award them pain/suffering compensation...then I'd have each and every TA involved drawn and quartered.

Too bad on the D&Q. It might persuade others from a life of larceny and whatnot...but then, maybe not...
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That might be a one aircraft airline. At any rate, you think they might be experiencing a bit of a cash flow problem?
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...If I were a judge in this case, I'd order the airline's assets frozen, then disperse the passengers' collections back to each, plus a year's worth of interest, then award them pain/suffering compensation...then I'd have each and every TA involved drawn and quartered.
Possibly, but good luck with international law; Indian passengers, booked through an Indian Travel Agency, flying on a now-bankrupt Austrian airline, waiting in Vienna, Austria to take off...
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:47 PM
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I once picked up a hitchhiker who had a bobcat kitten hidden in his backpack. He asked if it was ok if he let his kitten out of his pack while I was driving. "That looks like a bobcat". "It is, I found it in a campground, I'm gonna keep him".

We were, after all, in Utah.
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shouldnt this be on The Onion??

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