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Mechanic Loans Car To Man Traveling To Funeral

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There are times when it’s particularly inconvenient for one’s car to breakdown, and in the middle of a long drive to a funeral is one of them. That’s the situation Todd Steinkamp found himself in earlier this week, only to be saved by a generous mechanic who loaned him a car so he could get to the funeral on time.

The day before attending a funeral in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Steinkamp drove from his home in Marshalltown, Iowa to La Crosse, Wisconsin, which still left him with more than 200 miles to drive the next morning.

He left his hotel at 5:30 in the morning, and around 6 he heard his car making a grinding sound. He tried to ignore it and keep driving, but by 7 it was only getting worse, forcing him to pull over.

Steinkamp pulled into an auto shop in a tiny Wisconsin town, still 75 miles from Green Bay. He explained his situation to 74-year old mechanic Glenn Geib, who he describes as a “little old guy.”

“I think he knew I was a little stressed out,” Steinkamp recalls, “so he said, ‘Pull it around back.'”

Geib quickly diagnosed the problem but knew it wouldn’t be a quick fix. Steinkamp asked him about renting a car from a place nearby, but after Geib put in a call, there was no luck securing a ride.

That’s when Geib handed over the keys to his personal vehicle to Steinkamp. “Here. You take mine, and we’ll get yours fixed,” Geib told him.

“He looked burned out like he was tired, and it looked like he had a rough night — you know, had things on his mind, worried about getting there,” Geib explains. “Looked like he needed some help.”

Steinkamp protested the free ride for a minute, but the old man insisted. “He said: ‘Take it. Fill it up with gas. If you’re running behind it’ll do 120 (mph) and get going,'” Steinkamp recalls.

Steinkamp made it to the funeral on time, sharing his unlikely journey with others in attendance. After the funeral, Steinkamp drove back to the auto shop, returned Geib’s car, and paid his bill for the repairs on his own car.

Then he and the “little old guy” sat down and talked for a half-hour along with the shop owner and his wife. “That was a really nice decompression time to sit there and talk to all them,” Steinkamp says. “I could have sat and talked to those people for another couple hours yet and not batted an eye about it.”