Dear YW Editor: Yesterday, a woman from Williamsburg took a hitch from what seemed to be a Chasidisha looking man with his Tzitzis out, a hat on his head and spoke a fluent Yiddish, who said he was going to Boro Park. He took the streets instead of the highway in order to avoid traffic. She noticed how he was going in circles on the same few blocks. He told her that he was lost and needed to take out his GPS. The next thing she saw was a knife dangling in front of her face. Bechasdi Hashem she somehow escaped the car with only “minor” injuries.
Please post this on the website in order to make people aware although someone looks Frum and Heimish you still NEVER EVER take a hitch with ANYONE!!!
Editors Response: Yeshivaworld has confirmed that this incident is 100% true.
In a related issue, we have just spoken with Rabbi Bernard Freilich, special assistant to the Superintendent of the New York State Police – and he has asked us to publicize that the NY State Police will not tolerate anyone hitchhiking on the NY Route 17 whatsoever. It is an extreme danger to passing motorists when people stop on major highways to pick up hitchhikers, and an extreme danger due to incidents like the one above.
Vinishmartem Meod Linafshoseichem!