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  • Writer's pictureEdward Riederich

No "Free" Rides

In 1997 the following article ran in the South African newspaper,

Harare, Zimbabwe-After 20 mental patients disappeared from his bus, the driver replaced them with sane citizens and delivered them to a mental hospital.

The unidentified bus driver was transporting 20 mental patients from the capital city of Harare to Bulawayo Mental Hospital when he decided to stop for a few drinks at an illegal roadside liquor store. Upon his return he was shocked to discover that all the mental patients had escaped. Desperate for a solution, the driver stopped at the next bus stop and offered free bus rides. 20 people got on and then he delivered them to the mental hospital and informed the staff they were easily excitable. It took the medical personnel three days to uncover the foul play. The real mental patients are still at large.

Some people learned the hard way

Over in the country of Zimbabwe

A taxi driver offered rides for free

The destination was hidden you see

So they enjoyed their free taxi ride

Amazed at how easy it was supplied

Where they were going the driver did not explain

Free rides to the hospital of the insane

Their free ride led them right to a trap

A place of confinement not on their map

Wanting no cost and wanting no pain

Caused these people to not use their brain

Here today "free" seems to be the goal

Content with crumbs but giving up control

So history repeats, it's nothing new

When something sounds too good to be true

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