Did you mother ever tell you not to pick up hitchhikers? It's for your own good. They could be murderers or rapists or drug addicts.
Yesterday in Vancouver, mere minutes from my house something happened that will make you think twice when you see someone thumbing a ride. Bono, as in leadman for U2 was leaving the West Vancouver Yacht Club when he, along with his assistant, got caught in a rainstorm. Too much rain for walking so he stuck out his thumb looking for shelter and a ride.
Along came a couple driving to take their dogs for a walk. They offered the pair a ride (huh? No advice from mom about this?). It turned out that Bono wasn't the only celebrity in the car. The driver was NHL hockey player Gilbert Brule who plays for the Edmonton Oilers but lives in West Van.
Bono was so appreciative of the ride that he gave Brule and his girlfriend tickets to U2's Wednesday night's sold out performance at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. They also received backstage passes that were signed by Bono and said, "Thanks for the ride" and "My hero Gilbert".
Wednesday night was also game 1 in the Stanley Cup finals in which Vancouver Canucks are taking on the Boston Bruins (go Canucks!). Brule had a ticket to the opener which he had to sell. Tickets for the game were going for anywhere between $600-$3,500.
See, sometimes good guys do come out on top. To the tune of a couple of grand in pocket. Fun story, huh?