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Old 06-28-12, 10:40 AM   #1
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People Are Cheap!

I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
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Tubes are $8, out here, now.. so the 2 bucks difference, is even less of an issue..
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
I don't know about you, but I have given away tubes to friends and to total strangers. In fact, I have refused payment from strangers for a tube. My only caveat to them is to "pay it forward."

I've had my kindness repaid, in spades, when I needed it.

What goes around comes around.

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I hope he enjoyed his walk.
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If I was stranded (miles away from home), an extra $4 wouldn't be much to me so I could get home. If I was just a few blocks and someone came-by and offer, it may not be worth it. Either way, I would have thanked you for stopping by and offer.

You could of giving him the tube in good faith though.
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He should call a cab and have it deliver him a tube. I'm sure that's much cheaper. If you go riding without proper equipment, be prepared to walk or pay. Can't depend on the kindness of strangers.
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
I would just give the man a tube and say "pay it forward". Most of the time I have 2 tubes anyway as I'm riding with the girl.
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I dunno if anything is wrong. I've paid for the opportunity to hike (walk), so I don't really see an issue with someone choosing to walk and save money.
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I carry extra tubes. The last two stranded riders I came across had called their wife and mother to come and get them.
I offered the tubes, but they refused.
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I offered the tubes, but they refused.
Same here, 10W. ( sometimes I think they're embarrassed to admit that they don't know how to change it )
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
I am sure this guy gives nice tips at restaurants too. Not!

I would have been embarrassed to have asked you for change. He was not only cheap; he didn’t have any pride either.
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
Curious situation. I wonder if this guy would refuse to pay over the odds for a bottle of water in the middle of the desert. But whatever, his choice, and presumably he either walked home or got someone to come out and rescue him.

I don't think any of us like paying over the odds, it's just a question of accepting that in some situations the modest extra money is worth it to avoid the alternatives. For myself I'd rather pay $10 for a tube that would cost me $6 at the LBS than have an extended walk. Of course the flip side is that if you sell him your tube you're now potentially cycling without a spare, leaving you vulnerable if you got a flat.
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I don't know about you, but I have given away tubes to friends and to total strangers. In fact, I have refused payment from strangers for a tube. My only caveat to them is to "pay it forward."
+1, and I'd gladly offer $10 if I were on the receiving end. But, it sounds like the recipient maybe developed an attitude, possibly unsolicited, that might change my reaction.
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If I offer a tube to someone, I don't expect them to pay me for it, just pay it forward when someone else needs help. Tubes are cheap. However, if the recipient offered to pay for the tube he received, it was just poor form to expect change.
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If I offer a tube to someone, I don't expect them to pay me for it, just pay it forward when someone else needs help. Tubes are cheap. However, if the recipient offered to pay for the tube he received, it was just poor form to expect change.
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What the heck is the matter with people?
Yeah, why didn't you just give him the tube? You're cheap!



Alternate reply: "It may be a $6 tube, but there's a $4 delivery charge."
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.
This is absolutely hilarious, but can you tell us if you agreed on a price before he dug out his $10. If so, I can understand why everything went down the way it did, but if he offered to pay a certain amount without being asked to pay at all then expected change, it would be a bit presumptuous.
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You should offer to show a website on your smart phone where he can get tubes delivered in the middle of nowhere instantly. Tell them it's cheaper to get on line.
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I was out riding last night and came across a man on the trail who had broken off his presta stem while pumping. I slowed to see if he needed help and he asked if I had a spare tube. I did. So while I dug the tube out of my bag, this guy gets out a $10 bill. He held it out, and said, "I hope you have change". I didn't. The guy continued with "I'm not paying $10 for a $6 tube!" So I stuffed the tube back in my bag and continued my ride.
What the heck is the matter with people? If the roles were reversed, I'd gladly pay extra, and would likely refuse change for the convenience of not having to walk home.


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Yeah, why didn't you just give him the tube? You're cheap!
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Keep seeing ads for a credit card reader to put on your smartphone..
to bill thru the bank.. perhaps another use for that..
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Keep seeing ads for a credit card reader to put on your smartphone..
to bill thru the bank.. perhaps another use for that..
You don't even need the reader. You can set up an account at a website where you key in the CC number and it bills the account. I bought a picture from a guy at an art show that way.
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If I offer a tube to someone, I don't expect them to pay me for it, just pay it forward when someone else needs help. Tubes are cheap. However, if the recipient offered to pay for the tube he received, it was just poor form to expect change.
Just give them the tube. I've been looking for someone to give one to for several years now -- a rider stopped and gave me one. I had one with me, but somehow it was the wrong size -- in the meantime I still looking . . .
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You don't even need the reader. You can set up an account at a website where you key in the CC number and it bills the account. I bought a picture from a guy at an art show that way.
I'd rather use paypal than enter my credit card on someone else's computer/phone, but that's just me.
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I'm thinking there's more to this story than the OP is telling us.
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