Hitchhiker in Uruguay gets a lift from the country's president!

Gerhald Acosta initially didn’t recognise who gave him a lift. Turns out, it was the Uruguay Prez

Uruguay: When hitchhiker Gerhald Acosta put his hand up to hitch a ride, one Good Samaritan offered to take him onboard. But the ride only took him as far as the presidential palace.

Uruguay’s First Lady, Lucia Topolansky with her husband Jose Mujica. pic/ap
Uruguay’s First Lady, Lucia Topolansky with her husband Jose Mujica. pic/ap

It soon became clear why: The good Samaritan was Uruguay president, Jose Mujica.

After a dozen of cars passed Acosta by, he stood with his thumb out along a stretch of road in southwest Uruguay. “I didn’t immediately recognise the occupants of the car that finally pulled over and agreed to give me a lift, but something about the woman inside seemed vaguely familiar. After I climbed into the car, I was saying to myself, I know this woman from somewhere,” Acosta said, referring to the president’s wife, First Lady Lucia Topolansky.

“I couldn’t believe that the president was giving me a ride!” said Acosta. He shared his tale on Facebook and for good
measure, posted a couple of cellphone pictures. 

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