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People Share Their Craziest Hitchhiking Stories

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Hitchhiking is one of those storied pastimes you always hear about from older adults or see in movies from the ’80s and earlier. Today, however, it’s been drilled into just about everyone’s head that if you ever try to hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker, you will end up dead.

While this was once an easy and even amicable way to get one town or several states over, hitchhiking sadly turned into a dangerous and risky means of travel during a spree of killings in the ’70s and onwards. Today, that marred reputation has remained, and most everyone is familiar with the image of a terrifying stranger sticking out his thumb on the side of the road, waiting for his next victim.

So while most people today won’t even engage in the practice — and while it’s illegal in many places — plenty of people still have their hitchhiking stories either from the past or from a time more recently when they decided to take a risk. Here’s what they had to say after they lived to tell the tale…

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Stranger danger at its finest