View Full Version : Losing Faith in our Fellow Man

09-06-2011, 06:43 PM
Talk about a surprising turn of events this past weekend.

We did our camping/boating weekend at one of our favorite lakes 2 hours away from home. Busy weekend as it is everywhere over Labor Day. Next camping spot was a double with 2 5th wheels and was the meeting place for another 2 or three spots. Must have been family/friends that were all together. They all had pretty nice stuff too. Not cheap equipment and one family (mostly older teenagers or college age kids) had a Calabria ProV II wakeboat. Every evening there would be upwards of 20-30 people hanging around the campfire. Not anything out of the usual or problematic at this point.

We were camping with friend of ours that have an 12 year old, 10year old, and 3 year old. We had our 5, 3 and 16mo. with us. Great family fun right?

2nd night we were roasting marsh-mellows with the kids over the coals. Some guy with the group, pushing 50yrs old I would guess, starts piping up and yelling "look at our fire", "look at our fire". Needless to say, with 1/2 a dozen college age kids there you would think it would be one of them that was obnoxious (we'll get to that later). They kept at it how their fire was soooo big and ours needed help. At that point I knew we were in for a long weekend. When the adults are acting like asses..........you know your going to have issues!

Tucked the kids in and went to bed. Woke up to find our pile of firewood GONE. We had enough for 2 more nights but somehow it vanished. They were so hell bent on having a raging fire that they burnt all theirs and decided it was OK to start stealing from the neighboring family's pile. Me and the other Dad were beyond MAD. NO apology, no attempt to even as much as say "hi" to us the entire weekend.
They understood we knew what happened when my 5 year old asked me "why did they take our wood" and I told them that some people in this world just aren't very nice.

A couple of the kids tried to sneak some wood back to our site after we let them know what happened. They did it when we left to launch the boat and didn't realize the wives were still at camp and saw them. They also did it when most of the older adults had left on the pontoon. They had to buy some bundles at the store and I don't think they were happy about spending their money to replace OUR wood.

So we left for a day on the water. Good times as we found remote spots away from anybody to play, let the kids swim, get some skiing and tubing in. Get back to shore where I had set my box anchor and buoy only to find the buoy was gone!! Can you believe it? The "unprintable" either un-hooked the buoy and let the anchor-buddy rope fall to the bottom or they stole the whole thing altogether.

Of course I didn't see them do it, so I can't prove it. But there is no way in hell it came loose on it's own and who the hell else would mess with somebody else's stuff?

Normally the nicest people you meet are boaters and campers. Not this crew. You would think that they would have respect for other people's stuff, or the people themselves. NOT THEM. I'm still annoyed and surprised at how a group of people whom I consider old enough to be mature - acted like that. It wasn't just the kids.....It was the whole group!!

I guess I have to tell my kids that people are asses. Don't trust anybody, lock your stuff up, give people the benefit of the doubt and you'll get burned.

Sorry for the rant but I'm still in dis-belief!!

Hope you all had better luck over your Labor Day Weekend.

09-06-2011, 06:54 PM
Ah man, I hate to read stuff like this. It hurts me most that we have to teach our kids that some folks just plain mean and stupid.

09-06-2011, 08:40 PM
just plain wrong, a fellow boater at that. What scum!!

09-06-2011, 08:42 PM
sucks and sorry to hear that...

I'll restore some of the faith...

bought a brand new bike this weekend. long story short, the chain was not lubed properly and broke at 4.7 miles. forgot cellphone as it was going to be a 10minute ride..
had 3 college age kids stop and offer anything to help, including a ride. denied as I was just going to push it the 1/4 mile to the convenience store. had 2 other bikers, one harley and one dualsport stop and ask if they could do anything. most days, neither would give a sportbike the wave. nice to see, and good karma will come their way :)

they will get theirs eventually....

09-06-2011, 09:37 PM
We met some nice people on the river today with a MB Tomcat who let us come a board and try out their surf wake. Super nice people and we came up on a fishing boat who had run out of gas and they towed them back to the launch. Happy we met some great people this weekend

09-06-2011, 11:15 PM
Dang sorry to hear that. Some people just do not respect other people now a days and it is sad. Stilling other people's fire wood is number two wrong but to mess with someones boat anchor is down right somthing you do not do. I hope your next camping trip goes a lot better then this last one.

09-07-2011, 01:20 AM
I think it all comes down to education.

Don't expect hillbillies to behave themselves on a camping trip, especially with alcohol involved.

Ed G
09-07-2011, 05:17 AM
exactlly the reason I abhor "car camping".

any temporary neighbor closer than a 1/4 mile ought to have fur or can be made into boots

09-07-2011, 08:33 AM
totally agree with ed on this one.. we have one spot on our lake that is accessable by car. I NEVER camp there as the people it attracts are the type viking describes above. we are within 100 yards of every campsite on the lake, but at least the people out there have gone through the same pains to haul out all the camping gear and don't take anything for granted.

09-07-2011, 08:35 AM

hate to see that kind of stuff happen to good people. I am not sure i would have had the same amount of patience as you.

the old saying goes "you can try to shine a piece of poo, but at the end of the day its still poo.." they will get there's