It's easy to think that things are pretty screwed up these days. And it's true, to an extent. A lot of things are pretty darn bad! But if you pay attention to the people around you — both those you know and those you don't — you'll soon come to the conclusion that most people are actually decent human beings who are just trying to get through life. Some of them even go out of their way to help others in need.
A recent AskReddit thread gave people the opportunity to share their own stories of times that strangers came to their aid. The acts of these good Samaritans range from the incredibly small to the gigantic, but they all have one thing in common: The people did them just to be nice. They weren't looking for praise or payment; they were just good people. And many people are good! We hope these touching stories restore your faith in humanity.
This is so sweet!A really small thing, but I hope I remember it forever... My son was probably 2 or 3 and we went to the mall for some reason. My son liked looking at displays and stuff. Well, there was a model train set in a case that you could put a $1 in and watch them go around for a while. I was pretty broke If I recall and never had cash on me regardless. He was content just looking at the display. A group of loud mall teens come through and go past. One of them comes back and puts a dollar in the machine and says "I always liked watching trains too" then hurries off back to his friends. My son lit up. I never would have expected that action from a stranger, let alone a teen with his friends in a mall. –ess0ess
This woman might have actually been an angel.My first wife abandoned us when my son was an infant. It was rough but I survived. One evening I was at dinner with some friends. I had to change the baby, there was no table in the men’s room. I asked a lady leaving the ladies room if it was empty and she checked for me, gave me the OK. While I was trying to get my diaper bag sorted she came up and offered to change him. I told her I had it but she insisted and put her arm around me. Apparently, I’d been holding in a breakdown the whole time and she saw right through it. I cried for a minute while a total stranger changed my infant son, thanked her profusely, and went back to dinner with my friends carrying a little less weight on my shoulders. No clue who she was, but she was an angel to me that night. –PrintError
Road trip!My flight out of Syracuse was canceled and when I finally made it to the front desk they told me it would be two days before I could get home. I decided I’d rent a car and drive to NYC to catch a flight out of one of the airports. As I was getting to the counter a woman, who’s flight had also been canceled, announced she was driving to NYC and welcomed anyone to join her. On an impulse, I said yes and we started the journey to NYC. She turned out to be one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. While calling AAA to figure out my next situation, the customer service person was incredibly rude and refused to do anything - eventually hanging up on me. Seeing I was frustrated/upset this wonderful woman proceeded to call customer service agents over the next two hours. I would explain my situation and she would pretend to be my mother and ask for a solution. Ended up getting fully refunded and booked on another flight the next morning. I was planning on just sleeping in JFK until my flight but she offered her couch in her apartment and a hot shower. I refused at first, but the prospect of a hot shower after such a stressful day was too much for me to pass up. On the way to her apartment she even asked the cab driver to go a little out the way to swing by some famous sites in NYC because I’d never been. I still think about her often and wonder if she realizes how big of an impact her kindness had on me. –dicyclopentadiene22
The show of a lifetime.I was at a bar with my then-girlfriend. Seated next to us was an older gentleman who was alone and looking forlorn. After a time, he tapped my girlfriend on the shoulder and said, "I like the way you two talk to one another. Here's what I'm going to do - I spent a fortune on these tickets for my wife. Unfortunately, she can't go anymore, and I just don't feel like going without her. So I'd like you two to have them. The only catch is that the concert starts in twenty minutes." He didn't elaborate, nor would he accept payment. He asked only that we go, enjoy ourselves, and keep being good to each other. He paid his tab and left. And that's how I got front row seats to Prince. –DukeOfCheddar
This could have ended very poorly.I'm a bit of a town mouse, but I spent a summer in the country with relatives as a teenager. Very rural, with miles between some houses. I love long walks and one sunny day I decided to take a very nice one. There was this big road that led around the area in a circle. Looked like a good couple of hours of strolling. This was before smartphones, so I couldn't gauge the distance perfectly, but I was convinced I could handle it. Grabbed a soda and a freshly charged mp3 player and set out in the afternoon, convinced I would be back by dinner. I had made a bad misjudgment of scale. After several hours of walking, I was nowhere near home. My phone had no signal (city slicker me hadn't even considered that), there were no streetlights and no cars. It was getting dark and I could barely see the road beneath my feet. Chances of a Leatherface attack had gone up about 1000%. Houses were extremely far apart too. I passed one and knocked on the door, but no one was home. I seriously debated going to sleep on their porch and hoping someone would eventually turn up, but in the end, I kept walking. Finally, I found a house with a light on. I banged on the door, and a middle-aged woman answered. The first words out of her mouth were to straight up ask if I was there to rob her. Refreshingly direct, really. I assured her I was harmless and explained my situation. Her demeanor flipped 100% from suspicious to charitable. I had just hoped to use her phone, but she insisted on driving me home herself, and also on feeding me. The route she took continued around the loop and I realized A) I had barely made it halfway and B) hers was the last house for a very long while, and things got a lot more woodsy after that. If she hadn't helped me I would have been walking all night through the woods. –LupiinThe8th
Hope it was pepperoni and sausage. For their sake.My ex and I were on the side of the road, trying to figure out how to change a tire for the first time and looking clueless. Some guy stopped and taught us how to change it, and then asked if we wanted a coupon for a free frozen pizza he had since we had a bad day. It was mildly surreal. - [account deleted]
Reading is FUNdamental.When I was a kid we didn't have a lot of money, so we often shopped at thrift stores. What I loved about that was that you could get 10 books for a dollar, so I would plant myself in front of the book section and make piles of which one I wanted to get and then decided after I'd gone through them all. One day an older lady saw me sitting with my piles and asked if I liked to read. I told her I did and showed her a few of the books I found that I liked. She smiled and then pulled a dollar out of her purse, handed it to me and said, "Promise me that you'll keep reading." I was so happy and immediately stood up and said that I would. She smiled and walked away and I went back to my piles able to pick out an extra 10 books to take home. This was probably about 20 years or so ago, but I still think of her whenever I buy a new book. - -eDgAR-
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: get this iPhone back to that dude who was just in here.I was getting breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts on my way to work and managed to leave my phone at the counter (very smart). 10 MINUTES LATER a woman tapped me on the shoulder right as I was about to go into my office building and said, "Is this yours?" She'd chased me down that far, for that long, just to return my phone. - [account deleted]
Bring on those May flowers.This was at my big state university long ago. I walked out of class into a summer shower. Someone walking by offered to share their umbrella. We parted at a corner and I thanked him. Then another person going my way offered their umbrella. This happened twice more. I made it mostly dry to another class thanks to the kindness of four strangers. - pamplemouse
No one should be forced to go without chocolate.At Easter, I was 10 dollars short in the grocery line. We really needed food, so I was about to put back the two Easter bunnies (chocolate) and the jelly beans when the lady behind me said, "Don't you dare!" and paid for them. I cried and thanked her repeatedly. - PenelopeMarsh
More hugs, please.When I was 14 one of my marching-band-mates committed suicide. I, along with the rest of the band, was devastated. I was walking across the school courtyard, silently crying in the way that you only do when in shock, and I made eye contact with this girl walking in the opposite direction. Without missing a beat, she said, "Girl, you look like you need a hug! Come here!" And just held me for a few seconds while I sobbed into her shoulder. I had never seen this person in my life. And I never found out who she was. But I have never forgotten that gesture. - AwesoMegan
Say "cheese!"When I proposed to my wife in a romantic restaurant inside of a lighthouse, I didn't even think to ask a waiter to have a camera ready or anything. I didn't even consider to try to get a picture. I knelt down and asked her to marry me, she said yes and we were both happy celebrating over desert. A man came by our table and apologized for bothering us but he "was so moved by the romantic gesture" that he took a picture with his cellphone from across the room. He sent it to my phone. It came out grainy and it's a little blurry and hard to tell it's me proposing but it doesn't matter. I love that picture, I don't care that it's really low quality. I owe that man so much for capturing the happiest moment of my life. - Ozzygriever
Always lend books without the expectation you'll get them back.I was working register at Chick-Fil-A and the customer had a book that I had been wanting to read. I told him I was planning on getting it when I got my paycheck. I go into work the next day and my manager hands me the book, said some guy had dropped it off for me. The dude went out and bought me the book. Nicest thing ever. Never saw him again. - thebrobear2
Now you're best friends.I was minding my own business on the train to Busan. An auntie beside me had a snack. She tore it into half, took out one slice, and handed me the other piece. I wasn't even in need, but she wanted to share her one and only snack with me. - -LifeOnHardMode-
The last-minute save.While walking through the Wal-Mart parking lot, my cousin and I (two young naive girls) were hit up for money by an addict. As we rummaged through our purses, we heard a middle-aged country boy yelling from a distance, "Girls! What do y'all think you're doing?! Y'all know we ain't got time for this! We're gonna be late!!!" We apologized to the addict for having to run, and walked toward the man, who laughed a little and said, "Just thought y'all could use a little help." Thank you, kind stranger! - catqueen22
Hopefully she got five stars.I had an elderly female Uber driver pick me up from a Wal-Mart where I had just bought a car battery and some tools to drop me off at my car. She stuck around as I was trying to change my battery even though I had insisted that I would be okay and that I appreciative of her concern. It turns out that the wrench set I bought did not have the right size needed to get out the old battery. She called her son who is a mechanic and carries tools around with him to come by and help me change my car battery. - CactusRoy
Maybe money can buy happiness?When I was 10 I had to have my arm re-broken because it didn't heal properly. A lady heard me scream when they broke it and waited outside the room for an hour to give me five dollars and tell me it was going to be okay. Not a hospital employee either, just someone walking by. - PrePreacherLife
He would've wanted you to smile.My favorite uncle died very suddenly five days before my high school graduation. He was the one who helped me through high school when I was really struggling and it was emotionally difficult having to have my big day without him there. When my entire class was waiting backstage for our turn to go and receive our diploma I was having a hard time not crying. Suddenly a student form my class who had Down's syndrome came over. (We'd never met and I always heard he was non verbal) He walked straight up to me and gently grabbed my cheeks, pushing them upwards. Then he looked at me in the eye and said, "Smile". I was shocked. That was what my uncle would tell me to do whenever I was upset. That was exactly what I needed at the moment to be able to suck it up and keep going. - Blue-eyed-lightning
Dude's a real deus ex machina.I got black-out drunk once and woke up sleeping against a cable box in the middle of the night, on the wrong side of the city to where I lived. Phone was dead, wallet was elsewhere, no means to get home and no idea which way home was. Some guy stopped his car seeing me stumble down the road and dropped me home which probably saved from a complete nightmare of a night. - Jurasheep
This blows my mind.I was crying in an airport terminal as I waited for a flight home, after spending the weekend with my boyfriend who was deploying to Iraq for 15 months. I was traveling alone and trying to hide my tears, when a woman plopped down next to me with a giant carpet bag. She didn't ask questions, she just said she was sorry to see me upset and wanted to keep me company. I agreed for her to sit with me. She opened the carpet bag and started pulling stuff out. Weird and random stuff like a feathered mardi gras face mask, a slinky, and then a rubber duckie that lit up with the touch of your hand. I don't know why but that rubber duckie made me laugh so hard, it was so unexpected. She gave it to me along with some words of encouragement. Then she stood up with her carpet bag and walked away. I never got her actual name but I call her my Mary Poppins. I still have that rubber duckie. - emerzsile
Lovely Rita/ On her waaaaaaaay/ Nothing can come between usA homeless guy camped out in front of a Dunkin Donuts ran inside to tell me the meter maid was coming. Saved me $45 and he wouldn't even let me buy him breakfast. - mistapapageorgio
Dude, nice work.A TSA guard, when checking my ID, mentioned how he could tell I'd lost weight. That was pretty awesome. - IBlazeMyOwnPath
We should all probably be carrying a few of those around with us from now on.I was on the bus and one of my heavy shopping bags broke. I was near my stop and going to cry because I was stressed out and didn't want to have to walk even farther with my heavy bags. A stranger took out one of her reusable shopping bags, put my things on it, and helped me off at my stop. Still makes me warm to think about. - MentallyPsycho
Not all heroes wear capes.When I was four, I almost got hit by a speeding car trying to get to my bus from school, but a little boy pushed me out of the way and got hit himself. It was friendship day. He was in my class but I never even noticed him. We each had to write letters to someone we wanted to be friends with. His mom gave me his letter at the funeral. It said, "I like your yugioh cards, lets be friends." Apparently he always wanted to talk to the "cute girl who sings in the morning assembly." Almost 16 years later, the thought of him sacrificing his life for mine is one of the things that keeps me going. - [account deleted]
Name one — just one situation that isn't made better with hot cocoa.I had a tire pop in the middle of winter on my morning commute. While waiting for AAA to come, a woman drove over and gave me hot cocoa, snacks, and a paper with her address and phone number in case I needed anything or wanted to wait somewhere warmer. - jellogoodbye
Pay it forward-- er, backward.I was incredibly depressed and working at a job I hated so much. I was miserable when I was there and miserable when I wasn't because I dreaded going back. One day during my break I drove over to a Starbucks to get some coffee, pulled up to the drive-through window, and the barista tells me the car in front of me already paid for it. My heart melted. I paid for the order behind me and once I pulled away I just started bawling. It sounds so stupid now, but I was in such a bad place and felt so lost and alone at the time that that one simple gesture from a complete stranger meant the world to me. It really does show that one simple kind gesture can have such an impact for someone. - frostsprinkles
I hope it was a new video game.A new neighbor noticed some lazy delivery driver had left my package outside the building just laying on the ground instead of buzzing in and brought it up to my door and knocked. Not the biggest, but was grateful it wasn't left out where someone could steal it or it could get rained on since it also happened to be a rainy day. - NoApollonia
Peace and love, man.We had just been told my mom was never going to wake up her coma. I went full panic and ran outside to get air. I was a 19 year old sitting outside a hospital in December, sobbing so hard my whole body was shaking and chain smoking. And this couple who happened to be walking just sat down with me and told me I was going to be okay. They sat with me for almost an hour, helping me calm down enough to go back inside and face my family. They must have been freezing. I don't even remember what we talked about. I think they talked about their daughter? And some hippy stuff, but it didn't even matter. They were so completely and totally kind. - actuallyasuperhero
"We're all sports fans here."Buy me food at a college football game despite being a part of the rival team's marching band. Of course, I think the guy was a little drunk, too. But he was a real nice dude. - Rumetheus
Please, after you.When I was eight, I broke my arm at school. My grandmother rushed me to the hospital and when we got there, they wouldn't let me in right away. They said they were too full and I wasn't a high priority. The gentlemen before me had broken his ankle, and when he was called back finally, after an hour and a half of waiting, he told them to let me go instead because I needed to be checked out first. - [account deleted]
Gaming the system.I was on a date with my then boyfriend at the zoo freshman year. Admission was pretty steep there, but you could buy a family membership so they would just scan your card and allow you and three kids through free for a year. Just as we got to the front of the line a lady with her baby whispered "come with me" which we did. It was hilarious because I'm Chinese and my ex is Indian, and she was the whitest lady I had ever seen. The ticket lady literally didn't care though. We tried to pay her back, but she wouldn't have any of it. - BlakersGirl
Could've been a sweet little score for the lady who seemingly couldn't run.A woman who looks like she couldn’t really run chased down a tour bus to give me my money clip stuffed with $1600 in 20s. - lowbetatrader
And a happy new year...?After a long traffic standstill on the interstate, I attempted to restart my car and discovered that my battery had died. I began to panic as cars tried to move around me when a man pulled over on the shoulder, pushed my car off the roadway and jumped my battery. As soon as my car was up and running, he said, "Merry Christmas!" and jumped into his car and drove off. - chemikerin1984
A lovely way to honor someone.When my husband and I adopted our dog from the shelter, a woman came us to us and paid for our fees without asking any questions. She said it was in memory of her son. It as such kind and beautiful gesture, I hope to be able to do that one day. - [account deleted]
Do you know something I don't?An older man came up to me unprovoked, looked me in the eyes and told me it was all going to be okay. I think about that a lot. - The_gay_mermaid
The case of the missing keys.
via: ShutterstockWas out clubbing and dropped my house keys. Next day, get a letter in my mailbox with a guys phone number. I text him, turns out he found my keys in the club, recognized the building they belong to (student housing), came to the building and tried the keys on every single mailbox until he found the right one. Then gave them back to me. Nicest guy ever, glad he didn't rob me instead. –the_nils
This person truly went above and beyond.
via: ShutterstockI once got on a train late at night. I was going from start to end of the line to change which was nearly an hour journey. When I got on the train there were two other people. One young man and a much older, grumpy looking man. After the second stop, the young man became aggressive toward me for rejecting him and was trying to pull me off the train to do god knows what to me and the old man helped me get him off the train and away from me. After I'd thanked him and he calmed me down (I was very upset), he sat down in the row behind me and looked out of the window. When I got off he did too, he waited on the same platform as me just further down from me so I assumed he was waiting for the same connection. He wasn't. The train comes and I get on. I see him stand up, wave and walk to the stairs to get back to the platforms going the other way. That man had missed his stop, waited on the wrong platform, and then went right on back all while saying nothing just to make sure I was OK. I think about that man often. I wish I could thank him for that. –tinylottie
Even something as small as a candy bar can make a big difference.I was once feeling really down cause of school and just life in general. I stopped at a convenience store on the way home to pick up a bit of chocolate to make myself feel better. The guy at the register must have noticed how miserable I was looking because he let me have the chocolate bar for free. It was a really simple act of kindness, but it almost made me tear up in that convenience store and instantly improved a crappy day. –angry__donkeys
Always look both ways!
via: ShutterstockWhen I was 11, I was stupid enough to cross in front of a bus with only a cursory glance backward and I missed the minivan that had just started to overtake the bus. I got hit by the left-hand corner and flung across the road, injuring my legs (my knee still hurts sometimes all this time later) and splitting my lower lip. As I lay there, a lady who I had seen on the bus a few times, came over and helped me over to the curb, checked me over, made sure my parents were called, made sure an ambulance was called and generally looked after a scared tearful hurt little boy. She was wonderful and I still see her around to this day and she always gives me a big smile when I wave hello. –DigitalRoman486
A winter miracle!Here in upstate NY, we got a foot of snow. Came out to snow blow my driveway to my driveway already having been plowed. It's a VERY long driveway. Anyway, whoever did it didn't leave a note or anything, no idea who did it. Thanks, stranger. –cactusbanner
At least you had cake!My birthday one year was really sucking. I decided to go buy myself a cake at the grocery store and get it decorated because it was my birthday and I wanted something nice. When the guy at the counter asked who it was for (in retrospect he meant what name to put on it) and I said it was for me, he was incredulous that I had to buy my own birthday cake. I just kind of shrugged and went out to finish shopping for groceries. He said my cake would need to be paid for at pick up. When I came back to pay for and pick up my cake, a different person was at the register and she said my cake had been paid for. It was also decorated a bit more than I thought it should have been. I have not seen that guy working there since and in my head I've called him the cake fairy. It was a good cake. I still cried eating it because the entire day sucked, but it was a good cake. –mamblepamble
via: ShutterstockI helped a guy go through TSA at LaGuardia in NYC. Around 2008ish. He'd never flown before, had no idea what he could take on the plane, how much, etc. Security told him he couldn't use his plastic bags he has his stuff in. Anyway, what rattled me was the fact that he was shoving pairs of very new Nikes into a trash bin- I couldn't fathom why, so I went to ask. He explained his situation, so I told him that if he held tight, I'd go through security, buy him a carryon so he could get his stuff through. He handed me a hundred and I gave him my crochet project bag to hold as insurance. Got him a suitcase, went back and gave him it and the change, and showed him how to go through, remove your belt and shoes, etc. He thanked me and we hugged, going our own ways. My flight was delayed by 3 hours at the last minute and I was already exhausted. I used my purse as a pillow and covered up with my coat, and fell asleep against a wall. When I woke up, there was a fuzzy travel blanket, convertible neck pillow, eye mask, a bag of cookies, and a little plush dog with a note tucked in his collar. He stuck this gift between me and the wall and never woke me up. I ended up traveling for 11 more hours and that thoughtful little package saved my sanity. Random airport dude, I'm glad you got to keep your kicks, and I still have the puppy. I named him LG. –berthejar
A small favor, but a big help.I was struggling to carry all my books after I got off the bus and they didn't fit in my bag since I already had four other textbooks in my bag. I couldn't get on my bike so a lady ran out of her house and gave me a bag and I almost cried because that was the nicest thing a stranger has done for me. –RecoveryForMystery
The last line of this one cracks me up:
via: ShutterstockWhen I was 9 or 10 I missed the school bus. This big guy picked me up and run towards the bus screaming to try to make the bus stop. It eventually did and he put me inside of it and then dipped, I couldn't even say thanks. And I was a chubby one no less. –sowydso
"You dropped this."I was on the bus freaking out about how I was going to feed my fiancé and I as I was the only person working a 100% commission job. A stranger heard me on the phone freaking out on the verge of tears and politely alerted me I had "dropped" some money. It was 40 dollars and me my fiancé used every penny. I never got to thank them but I quit that job I think a week or so later and found something way more stable. –AGGroAzteca
Magic at Subway.At Subway a few months ago some young guy, probably in his early 20s, bought our meals. We had ordered three full subs with drinks, $30+ tab and he just randomly offered to pay. –ilyriaa
This one is sure to warm your heart:
via: ShutterstockIn college, my car broke down half way through my 3rd year and one week into my new job about 20 minutes away. A lady from my church (who I had never met) calls me and asks me if I’m interested in an ‘04 Toyota Corolla (it was 2011 at the time). I lived about a five-minute walk from the church, and she told me to walk down and give it a test drive. I was previously driving around an ‘89 Thunderbird, so I assumed I probably couldn’t afford it, but decided I’d meet her anyway. I get there and she shows me the car. Great condition, 89k miles, no way I can afford it. She sees my face and before I can admit that, she says, “let’s go for a drive. Have you had lunch?" She has me drive to lunch (which she pays for) and stops for ice cream on the way back. “Nothing like ice cream in the winter!" she says with a little smile. Some time passes and we’re about finished with our ice cream. “OK now, let’s talk details," she says. “Do you like the car?" “Oh yes, it’s lovely, but I —" “Do you think it’ll meet your needs?" “Yes, but —" “Well then, my husband and I were thinking, and we remember how hard college can be, so how would $500 sound?" At this point I’m stunned. I paid more for my clunker! “I, wha —“ “Oh, dear is that too much?! We can go lower if you need it!" I nod my head and agree that $500 is perfectly reasonable. She instructs me to take the car to the tag office, and I do. That afternoon I returned to the church parking lot the official owner of a lightly used, excellent condition, 2004 Toyota Corolla. She even apologized telling me, “I’ll leave the XM stuff in the car, but we won’t keep the subscription for this one. Hope you don’t mind" Of course, I didn’t mind; I mean, I basically had lunch with Jesus that day! I saw her maybe one time after that (we went to different church services) Drove that car all through grad school and then gifted it to someone in need when I moved cross country. Never felt like I could sell it after that. –ashleyhype
Just two strangers on a mountain.
via: ShutterstockWent up to snowboard in Park City, totally forgot my snowboarding mitts at home and was gonna board barehanded, 'cause I wasn’t about to drop $50 on a pair of gloves. This dad with 3 kids overhear my conversation and offers me to borrow his extra pair of gloves for the day. Mind you, this man has never seen me before, I could have walked away with the gloves and not say a word after the day. He gave me his number (not the other way around) and told me to just text him when I was done so I could drop it off for him. 5-6 hours later, I call this man up and he already left the mountain! I end up hiding the gloves behind a booth and send him a picture of where it’s at because he planned on coming back up the mountain again. Genuinely amazing man. Wish I coulda left some cash or something for him but I didn’t have any on me. –AnonAF887
We should all try to be like these people.
via: ShutterstockMy mother and I were visiting Carlsbad Caverns, NM back in 2011 or so and the tank hit empty just as we got there. We didn't worry as we saw a gas station right before the main entrance. However, we got done in the caverns and came out to find the gas station closed and not even taking credit cards. It's the only one without going back to town, which we couldn't make it to. As we're standing there trying to see if we had service and what to do, a young couple comes up and asks what's wrong. We explain the situation and they suddenly offer to grab us some gas from town and bring it back as they were running back to town for something before continuing back on the same highway. They told us to go grab some food at a nearby cafe and they'll find my car and leave the gas can for us. We offered them money, but they didn't want any saying it was just a couple bucks to fill my small can. So, we trust them and go grab food. As we're coming out, there's my gas can, full, sitting next to my car. I'm so thankful for that random lovely couple. I also now prepare better in regards to my gas tank. –SailorTruck
Paying it forward.
via: ShutterstockI bought my condo at 27 from a guy I’ve never met. There were a lot of offers way over asking price in a competitive market, but I offered what I could. I had lost out on many places before over months of searching, being outbid by ridiculous cash offers I had no chance of beating. I fell in love with this neighborhood and made two other failed offers here earlier, so I wrote him a letter just telling my story, how hard I’d tried to save everything I could to buy my first place and make a home and start really establishing myself. He ended up taking my offer over much higher bids because he bought this place decades ago when he was a struggling 27-year-old trying to establish himself and my letter resonated with him. He probably could have made another $40k, but he wanted to give me the opportunity he had. I’m forever grateful. –HorseMeatSandwich
The hero we need.My bathing suit flew off one of those wave machine things on a cruise ship when I was young. Not down a bit, exposing some of my butt. Off. WHOOSH. Trying to stand, keep my boyhood covered and looking for my trunks in a tsunami was tricky. A towel hits me in the face. Thank you, kind stranger. –NowYouzeCantLeave
She knew exactly what to say.When I was really ill in October 2017, my father also became even iller than I was in another country. There was nobody else around for him who cared, so I had to fly over there to see/support him and bring him home with me after he had recovered from the surgery. I had just been through a lot of trauma, and I was in no physical shape or emotional state to be getting on a plane but there was literally no other option. The flight was only around 2 hours but even that was way too much for someone as weak/frail as I was. When I was waiting in line to board the plane, I could immediately feel myself getting dizzy/panicky but that got a lot worse when I got onto the plane and when it started to take off. I started having a full blown panic attack, hyperventilating and crying in the seat. I was sitting at the window, and there was a rather large man sitting in the middle and his daughter on the outer seat. The man noticed me crying and he and his daughter switched seats, she took my hand and said something along the lines of ''You're OK, we're here. There's no need to hold this anxiety back, we're not going to judge you, just let it happen everything will be all right." She just hugged me and told me she's so sorry while I hysterically cried. Once we landed, she and her father drove me in their car directly to the door of the hospital my dad was admitted to (1 hour+ away). They even offered to book me a hotel for a night or two, but I already had accommodation sorted out. I don't know what I would have done without those people that day. We have each other on Facebook and she occasionally checks in with me. –theghostofborat
A simple solution that saved a lot of time.
via: ShutterstockMy keys dropped out of my pocket on a bus stop and realized only 10-15 mins after I boarded the bus. Alighted and took a bus back and found it covertly placed on a ledge right next to where I had been seated. –JPJP_
Some people just need a little more time.
via: ShutterstockI spent some time helping a customer that my co-workers seemed annoyed with/couldn't be bothered with because she had so many questions. The lady left and about 30 minutes later she flagged me down in the parking lot as I was going out to break. I went to her car and she thanked me and handed me a bouquet of flowers she'd just gone and bought for me. Very sweet and very unexpected. –dasistverboten
Happy Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving day, 2003. I was driving down to my parents on Long Island from Buffalo, a 7-8 hour drive. As I'm about halfway, I get a blowout. The tire is just shredded. I managed to get the donut on and slowly got into the next town. (Most of New York state is just... farms and nothing.) I stopped at every store that would conceivably have a tire, but nothing was open. I stopped at a police station, they told me to get a hotel until tomorrow. So I hop back into my car and try to make it to the next town, try there. That's when my donut went flat. So I get out and start walking. It is 2003, I don't have a cell phone, so I knock on the first house I can find, hoping they'd let me use their phone so I can call my parents. The lady who answered the door invited me in, let me use her phone, offered me food and then, to my complete shock, called her friend who owned a used car dealership, had them tow my car to the dealership and put on a new tire, free of charge. I went from completely missing Thanksgiving and having to spend the night in some awful hotel outside Binghamton to being back on my way within 2 hours. I'll never forget that lady. –-Words-Words-Words
"That's not how we do things around here."
via: ShutterstockIn 1990 I was 19 years old, driving cross county by myself and all I have is $63 and a Texaco card. I'm close to empty one night somewhere in Iowa and pull up to a Texaco station about 5 minutes after they closed. I was trying to only use my Texaco card and conserve what little cash I had. The person working the station wouldn't open to give me gas so I decided that I'll just put ALL my clothes on (it was December and about 11 degrees) and sleep in my car until they opened in the AM. About 2 am I hear a tap on the window and "I'm going to have to ask you to step out of the car!" It was the sheriff. I explained what was going on, he ran my ID to make sure I didn't have warrants or anything and then ominously states, "That's not how we do things around here." OMG, I was terrified. How do you do things around here? What's going to happen to me?!? Apparently, he was PISSED that the guy at the gas station left me there. So he calls the owner of the gas station, makes him come down in the middle of the night and fill my gas tank *for free*. Then the sheriff calls his wife, let's her know what's going on and she tells him to bring me over to their place. Mrs. Sheriff proceeds to feed me, let me take a shower and sleep there until the next morning. Then she feeds me again, packs me a lunch, gives me $20 in cash and sends me on my way. It was seriously one of the most wholesome things that have ever happened to me. –RhinestoneHousewife
Parents just need a break sometimes!
via: ShutterstockOnce, I was carrying my sobbing infant in the grocery store while waiting in line to check out. I was super overwhelmed (it was my first trip out after my son was born), and a kind older man said: “One day, you’re going to look back on this with happy memories and even miss these moments." He then insisted that I cut in front of him in line, and bought all of my groceries. Man, that made a huge impact on me. What a wonderful man. –southernbelletx12
What a kind soul!Going through the line at Aldi and I had a bunch of stuff for WIC. Cheese, milk, yogurt, cereal, and juice for my pregnant-with-twins girlfriend. Find out Aldi doesn't participate in the WIC program and I'm broke otherwise. I apologize and ask if they could restock it for me and out of nowhere, this nice lady says she can cover it. I say wow thank you but not needed as I can go to Walmart down the road. She insists, tells me congratulations, and best wishes for the babies. She really restored a lot of my faith in humanity that day. –Korprat_Amerika
Another airport angel.
via: ShutterstockAfter long delays, my flight was canceled while I was standing in line at the gate to board it. Next day was my son's first birthday. I needed to be home. Went to the United desk and they refused to help me in any way. Not only could I not get another flight that day, but nothing the next day either. Despite the fact I was internetting the hell out of my phone and showing them all sorts of flights, direct and connecting that would get me there, they were refusing, and I just didn't have money to go buy something else. I was starting to lose my cool. A guy in line stepped out after hearing me. Told them he was some crazy status and asked to speak directly to the manager. Next thing I knew he was transferring his own ticket on a direct flight to me so I could get home to see my boy. I don't even know what happened. I tried to thank him in every way I knew how and he refused to take anything from me, just told me he knew how it was when he was younger and would have wanted someone to do the same for him. I hugged the guy (probably against his will) and ran and made my (his) plane and was in a first-class seat home. Seriously, dude was an angel I'll never forget. –billbapapa