On the farm it is essential to keep some gas in a large gas can. This gas is used to fuel the Suzuki quad runner and to keep gas in the tank of a Nissan pickup truck we only use for orchard operations. The lawnmower benefits too. Adding gas to an empty tank is an infrequent task, but when we need it, it’s nice to have handy. That is why a large gas can is perfect. It is there when you need it!
Living out in the country there are always those people heading to town hoping to make it to the nearest gas station while driving on fumes. Sometimes they land at our doorstep, not literally, but next to the road outta gas. They walk to the house and ask if we can spare some gas to help them out. It was just such a day.
My oldest son was a teenager at the time. He was working outside on a project. A young man came to the house saying he was out of gas. My son mentioned to me that if it was all right with me, he would help the guy out. Of course I said yes. Josh carried the almost full gas can part way down the driveway, mentioning that he needed to return to the task he was completing. "Here, go ahead and use some of the gas, bring it back when you're done."
Shortly there-after my son exclaimed, “Mom, I think he took off with our gas can!” “My son heard the car roar off. They guy hadn't returned the gas can to him. Josh looked out toward the road from the yard, he didn't see the gas can from that vantage point. He ran out to the end of the driveway. No gas can. Then he went to the shed where we keep the gas cans, maybe the guy had put it away and he had been too busy to notice. Not there. The realization dawned, Nope, it was gone. We’d just lost our gas can. We had been taken advantage of in our helpfulness.