Driving home from work this afternoon and passing through Menstrie, I spotted a guy standing at a bus stop trying to hitch a lift.

A hitchhiker. Standing at a bus stop. Trying to hitch a lift.

I’m not sure whether I think this is an ingenious way to cover your bases (maybe he’d also phoned a taxi), or whether its damned cheek, but I’m edging toward the latter.

He’s at a bus stop, so the message I get from that is that he’ll happily get a bus if no one stops to give him a lift. Not only that, it tells me he’s happy to pay for a lift on a regular scheduled service, but would still prefer to howk it for nothing if the opportunity presented itself.

Opportunist or tink. You decide.