Mechanic Loans Stranger His Truck So He Can Attend A Funeral

Car trouble is never convenient, but it's especially inconvenient when you're on your way to a funeral. The last thing you want is to show up at the cemetery with your clothing slathered in oil and grease? or to not make it there at all. So, when Todd Steinkamp had to pull over due to car trouble on his way to a funeral, he was in a bit of a bind.

Steinkamp was on his way to Green Bay, Wisconsin when he heard a loud grinding sound and had to pull the car over in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, 300 miles into his trip. He still had about 70 miles to go before he reached his destination.

Luckily, there was a mechanic's shop nearby, attached to a sporting goods store. It was only 7 a.m., but Steinkamp decided to try his luck and see if, by chance, the car shop was open. It turns out the nicest man, mechanic Glenn Geib, was already on the premises stocking shelves. Steinkamp explained why he was so dressed up and asked if he could enlist the man's help with his car.

Apparently, there was a problem with one of the wheel bearings, which helps the car's wheels spin with as little friction as possible. Geib told Steinkamp there was no way the car would make it 70 more miles, but Steinkamp was determined.

"I thought, 'I'm not going to make this funeral,'" he told CBS News.

That's right around the time that Geib made Steinkamp an offer he couldn't refuse.

According to a post Steinkamp posted to Facebook detailing the events, "I asked if there was a place to rent a car at and being a small town of 725 people, there was nothing," he wrote.

 

"I must have looked pretty stressed out at this time because Glenn then reached into his pocket, pulled out the keys to HIS own vehicle and said, 'Take my truck. Fill it up with gas, don't turn on the emergency lights and get going. She'll do 120mph if you need it to.'"

Steinkamp wound up making it to the funeral and had a pretty incredible story to tell about his arrival in Geib's '99 pickup truck. His post about the incident has since gained popularity online, earning thousands of likes. Because Geib's kindness not only shocked Steinkamp; it shocked everyone who's seen the post online.

The lesson Geib taught Steinkamp: "Just be kind and help if you can."