I’m not sure if this has been discussed yet on the coffee room, so forgive me if this topic is a repeat.
I see boys as young as 11 and 12 hitchhiking on the sides of the roads all the time in my community. I can’t understand how this is happening. Is this actually accepted in town? Do their parents tell them it’s OK?
For anyone who thinks “it’s no big deal,” here are some things for you to ponder:
-Some of these children are getting in the car with strangers, how are you to know this person is even jewish and if he is, you don’t know what he is capable of doing.
-These kids and bochurim are sometimes standing in dangerous roadways at night without any reflectors sticking their hands out, (may i remind you, that many of them are wearing their suits and are hardly noticeable to the drivers).
-You have the people who go ahead to pick them up STOP in the middle of the road to pull over, no signaling or anything, while the cars behind them have to swerve to avoid a crash.
Please be careful, and arrange a carpool, it’s not worth the risk of all the horrible things that can happen.
VERY VERY SCARY! 11 or 12 years old is way way too young, I wouldn’t let my kids hitch until age 13 or at least 12 1/2!!!
We need to stop infantalizing our teenagers.
When I think Bochurim I hink like 16, 18, 20. Not 11.
You mean children.
Depends on where you live. In EY this is very accepted and normal in many communities. In the US, it’s weird.