You know the vulnerable, shameful, embarrassed feeling you get when you make a bonehead mistake and have no legitimate excuse.
It is a feeling teenagers get when they do something dumb and their parents give them the "disappointed" and "I thought you knew better" speech, and you can't say anything because you are the idiot that made the mistake.
I've felt that twice in Perrysburg so far, but great Perrysburg residents bailed me out both times.
Last week I locked my keys in my car like a 16-year-old who just got his license. I was at the Perrysburg Township offices for a story, around people I work with all the time and I have the vulnerable, shameful, embarrassed feeling from my bonehead mistake. There was nothing I could do. I was so embarrassed of my stupidity I wanted to run home, but I wised up and walked over to the Perrysburg Township police station for help.
I didn't get the officer's name, and I regret that, but a gentlemen came out and popped my door open in a few minutes. He didn't get angry I took him from his work, or lecture me about responsibility. He did jokingly ask if I had narcotics in my car. But the officer helped me out in the police station parking lot and got me on my way.
The worst feeling though came a few months ago when I was buying a shower curtain when I first moved to Perrysburg. It was a late night at Meijer and I was in the self checkout. As I was checking out I received a call from my fiancee that had importance and took my mind off things. Days later I noticed online the purchase was listed at $70 when my purchase was around $15. Obviously curious I went up to Meijer and inquired about what happened.
It turns out when I took the call I swiped my debit card and left without pressing finish and pay. That left my debit card purchases up for anyone to come in and add whatever they want at Meijer's at my expense.
This is where my vulnerable, shameful, and embarrassed feelings oozed out of me for my bonehead, of bonehead miscues. That is when, again, a Perrysburg resident this time completely anonymous that I'll never meet stepped up for me. This person made the purchase and realized what happened, took it to customer service and took their purchase off my bill and paid for it. It took a few days for the change in the transaction to show on my account though.
I can't thank this person enough, but I'll never know who it was.
I've done some stories that have showcased the negatives in people, but I wanted to show how great people in Perrysburg can be. Those were two great citizens who were there to help me in a time of need. I also showed you how dumb I can be, and that I need to grow up a bit.