Kai, The Heroic Homeless Hitchhiker

I search for good news. I particularly like stories of regular folks rising to an unexpected challenge and doing something special, even heroic. Therefore, I loved this true story and I think you will too . . .

Kai, a homeless surfer dude, caught a ride near Fresno, California with what turned out to be a wingnut who thought he was Jesus Christ. Suddenly the driver, described as over 6 feet tall and more than 300 pounds, launched into a racist rant and rammed his car into a black utility worker.

When the messiah jumped out of the car and attacked the injured worker and a woman bystander, Kai sprang into action. Using the blunt end of a hatchet he had in his backpack, Kai fought off the much larger attacker and kept him occupied until the police arrived.

Then Kai, in his native language of 1970s surfspeak, told the story to a local reporter (2:25). I don’t want to spoil it for all of you, but Kai’s third appearance in the clip, around the 1:30 mark, is now permanently etched into my mind. Gnarly.

If you would like to hear more from Kai, you can watch the full, unedited and uncensored interview here (5:48).

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