A Rather Strange Encounter
Ran into a rather odd situation while working yesterday. I was up on Pine Hill in Eureka mowing a lawn on the corner of Union and Madison.
I didn't notice when it pulled over but a blue Volkswagon pulled to the side of the road on Union Street, right next to the house I was working at. It looked like whoever it was just pulled over temporarily as the rear wheels were out into the street quite a bit. I could see someone in the driver's seat's head bobbing up and down as if they were trying to adjust something- as best I could guess.
So I'm hoping it isn't some medical emergency and hoping they'll pull out and drive off since they're in the way of where I'd be mowing next. The car doesn't leave and I have no choice but to mow next to the car.
I'm passing by the car and see some old lady in it. As I turn to go back the other way she motions at me to come to her and then steps out of the car as I approach her. She asks, "Can you help me? I can't get this car to move".
I look inside and see she appears to have the automatic transmission shift lever in the Park position. I slide inside the car to make sure and push the release button on the lever to make sure it moves. Yes, it does. I tell her she has the car in Park and she needs to press on the button and move the lever to where the D is on the shift panel to put it in Drive.
She says something like, "I tried that but it wouldn't move". I have her get back in the car and talk her through it reminding her to but her foot on the brake while shifting the gear. Finally she says, "Oh, there it goes. Maybe I needed my foot on the brake to move the shift lever?". I told her I didn't think so but whatever works.
Off she goes as I wish her good luck, hoping she gets far enough away so I won't be involved if she gets in a wreck.
I'm wondering, if she couldn't figure out how to change gears in that car by herself, how did she get to where she was in the first place?