Like John Axford, I'm not a fan of people leaving the car running. Not for save-the-earth reasons, but mainly because gas is expensive and when I see a car running I feel a certain degree of anxiety for the owner. Someone could easily steal their car.
There was a dude at my kid's preschool who would leave his Mercedes SUV running while he chatted away with the front-desk people. I'm thinking, "Yo, man, what are you thinking? Lock that thing up."
John Axford, the MLB pitcher, is a better person than judgy ol' me. He saw a car that had been running too long, and decided to turn it off and lock it up. Axford is, after all, Canadian and they're a caring people. The note Axford wrote for the car's owner was pretty great. Although, it may not be his best note ever.
— John Axford (@JohnAxford) November 19, 2013
As anybody whose neighborhood has begun to use social network Next Door can surely attest — raises hand! — there's a fine line between meddling and genuinely helping out your fellow man. It sounds like the person with the running car might consider Axford a meddler, but consider the alternative. Somebody could have stolen the car.
Methinks the owner will recount this story in a different tone once he/she finds out it was a major-league pitcher who tried to help.
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- John Axford