There is a long and storied tradition in this country of hobos jumping freight trains and riding across the country, looking for work. It's a tradition that began during the Civil War and gained prominence during the Great Depression. Hobos have to be brave and a little (or a lot) crazy. They have to be tough and they have to be quiet. But hopping a freight train and then calling 911 because you can't get off? That's a much less storied tradition.
Earlier this week, a forty-year-old man named James Salazar hopped an eastbound freight train in Grand Junction in order to catch a ride to work, according to police. But the train didn't stop where Salazar wanted it to, so he called 911 from the top of the train.
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He was also cold, according to news reports.
When the train did finally stop -- in Glenwood Springs -- Salazar received a warm welcome from police there, who arrested him and charged him with trespassing. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three days in jail.
We're guessing this hobo-turned-shmuck needs to find another way to commute.
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