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kellyh57
07-20-2008, 03:43 PM
I remembered someone shared a "good people" story a while back here, so I thought I'd share mine.

One night last week I met a friend for ice cream (Maggie Moo's- YUM). She got there before me and was standing next to this man and he was joking around. I thought she knew him, but apparently she didn't. He was just being really friendly. Anyway, we let him order before us since we were still chatting about what to get. He gets up there and says our ice cream is on him, as well as everyone else in line. He said he gave them $100 and he'd buy as far as that went. We were in shock and couldn't believe it was true. The cashier just smiled and didn't charge us. Totally cool! (The ice cream and talk was really good too!)

Anyone else have any good people stories? Convince us that the world isn't full of cranky, mean people!

Kelly

Krystal
07-20-2008, 04:01 PM
Well this didn't happen to me, but a girl in a web community for our city. she rides her bike everywhere, all the time. She was riding late one night in early April, and needless to say, it was quite cold out. A car slowed next to her and the woman in the passenger seat made a comment about being cold enough. The girl mentioned she was alright she just wished she had thought to bring some gloves. The couple in the car chuckled and waved goodbye as they went on their way.

About 10 min later they pull up again and slow down beside her, the woman holds her hand out the car window and hands her a pair of gloves, and tells her to stay warm, and have a good night.


Makes ya feel good about where you live, and people in general.:aww:

mks22300
07-20-2008, 07:14 PM
Wow, what wonderful stories!

NikitaShera
07-20-2008, 07:33 PM
Wow. Those are really nice and heart warming stories.

zkimom
07-20-2008, 11:17 PM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

iza
07-20-2008, 11:25 PM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

zkimom... :hug:Very well said! :heart:

Spikey
07-20-2008, 11:38 PM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

Love (1)

in that same vein, this particular post from The Panopticon (http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2008/06/reminder-for-all-of-us.html) was terrific.

cindycactus
07-21-2008, 09:15 AM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

Amen Amen Amen. Here's to all the Good People in the World and on this site! :clink:

feministmama
07-21-2008, 10:15 AM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

AAAAAAAAAAaaaaawwwwwww :muah:

Puddinpop
07-21-2008, 01:18 PM
Here is one of mine; I was in the drive through at Jack's Hamburgers. When I pull up to the window, the cashier says that the lady in front of me paid my bill and she gave me a card that was from a local church that said something like showing God's love in a practical way. How cool is that? I didn't really have the money for breakfast, I was just going to use my Debit card. So sweet that she picked me. :heart:

HamaLee
07-22-2008, 12:28 AM
Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

Heyyyy, I know that place!! :teehee:

Braden
07-22-2008, 12:48 AM
Who doesn't? :teehee:

Knitting_Guy
07-22-2008, 01:05 AM
One evening, several years ago, my truck broke down on highway 23 a few miles into Michigan. I sat there all night waiting for road service, which isn't uncommon.


In the morning, while I was still waiting, a truck went by and the driver asked me if I was ok and if I needed anything. Being the facetious soul that I am I told him that the only thing I needed was a cup of coffee.

About a half hour later the same truck pulled onto the shoulder on the opposite side of the highway and called me on the radio to meet him in the median.

He had brought me a large cup of coffee and a danish. Wow, I was floored.

He actually took the time to stop, buy the coffee and danish, and come back in the wrong direction just to provide me with some breakfast.

The driver wouldn't take my money when I offered to pay him. He just asked that I help another driver along the way. It was a Pay It Forward thing long before that movie ever came out.

And I've done the same thing ever since.

Dangles
07-22-2008, 04:02 AM
Well put. :) :muah:

Here's my favorite story:

A group of people from all around the world who have nothing in common except the fact that they like to create wonderful and magical things with pointy sticks comes together to offer support, guidance, love and even send each other gifts on a fairly regular basis despite the fact that most of them have not and will not ever meet face to face.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me!

Denise in Michigan
07-22-2008, 01:38 PM
[quote=Knitting_Guy;1132480]One evening, several years ago, my truck broke down on highway 23 a few miles into Michigan. I sat there all night waiting for road service, which isn't uncommon.


In the morning, while I was still waiting, a truck went by and the driver asked me if I was ok and if I needed anything. Being the facetious soul that I am I told him that the only thing I needed was a cup of coffee.

About a half hour later the same truck pulled onto the shoulder on the opposite side of the highway and called me on the radio to meet him in the median.

He had brought me a large cup of coffee and a danish. Wow, I was floored.

He actually took the time to stop, buy the coffee and danish, and come back in the wrong direction just to provide me with some breakfast.

The driver wouldn't take my money when I offered to pay him. He just asked that I help another driver along the way. It was a Pay It Forward thing long before that movie ever came out.

And I've done the same thing ever since.[/quote
Truck drivers in Michigan are the greatest, most helpful, and considerate people around! I'm so glad that you were assisted by one!

knitpurlgurl
07-22-2008, 01:55 PM
My son and I were at a store once and money was tight. I only bought items I had coupons for (it was double coupon day). My son kept asking if he could get some markers out of the office supply isle. I kept telling him that we couldn't get them today.. maybe next payday. He kept asking and asking. We got in a VERY long line and he kept it up the entire time (Aspies perserverate). I kept trying to explain that this trip was for groceries and maybe next time we can get the markers. He asked if I had a coupon for markers and I said, no I'm sorry I don't. We paid for our things and started to walk out the door when a woman flagged us down. She had heard us discussing the markers in line and bought them for my son. She told him, "I had a coupon for FREE markers I wasn't using. Would you like them?" He shook his head and smiled and thanked her. I was in such shock. I thanked her and walked away. I'll never forget that kindness.

kellyh57
07-22-2008, 06:26 PM
When I pull up to the window, the cashier says that the lady in front of me paid my bill and she gave me a card that was from a local church that said something like showing God's love in a practical way.

Our church had those cards last summer. We were encouraged to do the same. My friend (from church) and I were both wondering if he didn't have those kind of cards too :)

Kelly

kellyh57
07-22-2008, 06:34 PM
She told him, "I had a coupon for FREE markers I wasn't using. Would you like them?"

I always share my coupons. Bed, Bath & Beyond give TONS of coupons and they take expired coupons. If I see someone in line with no coupons, I'll pass one to them. We have a restaurant that gave out coupons good for up to 4 visits a while back. It was the day before it expired and we were using it. We handed it to the table behind us after we paid our bill. They gave it back after they were done and we handed it to the next table. They both were extremely grateful. I didn't need the coupon anyway! I'll leave coupons on items that I'm not buying too. (Say a certain brand of diapers expires the next week and I'm buying the other brand). If I'm not using it, why not pass along the savings! The stores and restaurants probably don't like me much!

Kelly

Puddinpop
07-22-2008, 09:34 PM
The stores get their money back from the vendor if it's a grocery store so, I think that is a great idea.

mks22300
07-22-2008, 10:04 PM
I love all these stories, they just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :hug:

saracidaltendencies
08-21-2008, 09:26 AM
Ok, I know I've posted my stories about the ice cream man and the boy who bought my kids ice cream, but even more has happened! I think I'm starting to re-gain some faith in humanity! lol

So, the day before my daughter started school (Aug. 12) a lady who lives 2 houses up stopped by and brought us 2 boxes of Twinkies and Ding Dongs. She said she bought them for my daughter because she knew school started the next day and she could take them with her for lunch (but, to share them with my son as well...lol). That was so nice!

Then, today, I had to go to the gas station. I had my son with me and we went inside and he immediately went over to the juice aisle. He asked me if he could have some juice, but, I had no extra money and couldn't afford it. There was a girl standing in that aisle looking at the sodas. My son was begging me and I told him I was sorry but we just didn't have enough money for the juice. When we walked to the counter to pay, that girl was paying for her things. I noticed she had a bottle of juice and a soda. When she was done paying, she came over to us and said, "here ya go, buddy" and she gave him the juice! I thanked her and asked my son to do the same, but, he just got really shy and hid behind me...lol...That was just so sweet! I will never forget all these little things people do for each other.

Cynamar
08-21-2008, 11:11 AM
What a nice guy! Did you notice if he was single?

tarrentella
08-21-2008, 05:11 PM
i love these stories! it makes me smile.

When i was in Japan i was astounded by how freindly and helpful people were. I was a bit lost one day and asked somebody in a store for directions. They didn't know the way and as i dont't speak Japanese and they didn't speak English it was awkward and i thought it would end there. Instead they walked over to another store and asked them, they also didnt know but there was a mailman in there at the time who overheard and beckoned me to follow him. I did, expecting him to point the way, instead he picked a parcel out of his bag pointed to the address which was near where i was going and told me to sit on the back of his moped. He then gave me a lift all the way to the front door of were i was going (a gorgeous Japanese yarn shop as it happened). It was so kind.

Another story from this country involves my lovely friends. Quite often at the weekend i will go round to theirs and we will watch films or game and oftn they order a take-out. I have been very short of money lately so recently have not been ordering food, just making do with what i already have int he cupboards, but then i noticed that the last few times i have been there, they have accidently ordered or cooked too much and would i like the left overs? so kind of them as they know i would hate to borrow money from them but they are still making sure i am fed and included in the ativities without embarassing me. When i am ablto again, i will be returning the favour for sure.

NikitaShera
08-21-2008, 05:51 PM
We need more people like that in this world people.. Love no war...

Now i wonder if anyone has experience someone just giving them a job because they're unemployed....Oh...

feministmama
08-22-2008, 12:24 PM
What a nice guy! Did you notice if he was single?

I know right :roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

maniago
08-22-2008, 12:48 PM
Several years ago I had a flat tire, went to change it spare barely made it to a run down body shop. I went inside asked if they had any tire that would fit my car ( I honestly wasn't sure if I even had the money to pay for it) he didn't; but called a friend who brought a good used tire. They changed the tire in the rain and wouldn't even let me pay them any thing. All the man said was "just pay me by helping someone that needs a hand up"

Jan in CA
08-22-2008, 12:53 PM
We need more people like that in this world people.. Love no war...



That is so true!:thumbsup:

tokmom
08-26-2008, 10:02 PM
One time I had let my gas tank run really low and went to fill it up. I also stopped a block down the road afterwards to shop at Target. When I got back into the car, it wouldn't start. It was getting late, my dh was at work and I had 2 small kids at that time. An older man stopped to help me. He tinkered with the air something or other :teehee: and got my car running. He even followed me on the freeway to make sure the car would be ok. He wouldn't take any money for his time, and I thought it was soo sweet.

Story 2

Every year we go to our state fair. As we are leaving, we give our ride or food tickets we haven't used to some family. Some look at us soo strangely but then realize they are getting a possible free admission, ride or food tickets and are extremely grateful.

Last year we were walking around the kiddy ride area, when this dad and his small son handed us their left over tickets. It was so sweet to be on the receiving end. I wanted to hug the dad and son, but thought that would be a bit overboard:wink: My kids each got an extra ride for the evening.

saracidaltendencies
08-26-2008, 11:37 PM
I can't believe I haven't posted this particular one yet!

A very dear person on here had read a post I made in regards to a movie my son wanted to see for his birthday, but we didn't have enough money to take the kids to a movie and buy a present for my son's b-day. She PM'd me asking for my e-mail address so we could keep in touch (we had previous conversations) and shortly after giving her my e-mail address she sent me a gift certificate for Fandango (a movie ticket site) so hubby and I could take the kids to go see the movie for my son's b-day. We went on my son's b-day and we all enjoyed the movie! :hug::hug:

Abbily
08-27-2008, 02:34 PM
Wonderful stories!

Here's my best one: I lived in Scotland for a semester in college, and spent my first week with a host family in Edinburgh. They lived in a row house and had given me the key to the back door so I could go out with some other study abroad friends one night. I was dropped off in front of the house, and got lost trying to find my way around to the back of the row house. At 2:30am I'm wandering around in a strange country, completely lost, unable even to find the front again. Lo and behold, at 2:30am there is an old woman in her garage, with the door up, sitting reading a book. I asked her to help me find my way back- not only did she pull out a map and help me find my street, she insisted on walking me several blocks to the house!

daisyjane
08-30-2008, 10:38 PM
I love all of these stories! A patient of mine died recently and her obituary requested that instead of flowers, people perform an random act of kindness in her memory. I try to do it whenever I can, with everyone so busy, it helps to slow down and think about others.

susi
08-31-2008, 08:09 AM
I love thees kind of stories, its makes you know theer ARE good people out there not just the idiots.

this happened a few years back, mum ds (who was about 6/7 months at teh time) and me were driving to do teh horses at livery when we got a flat tyre, we managed to get into a carpark (handy) i set about learning how to do it as i'd seen it done enevr actually done it before when about 6 men turned uyp that wprked across the road, i spoek no french they spoke no english they just moved mum me and ds away save us a drink and set about changing the tyre. we did take them a bottle of bozze in to say a small thank you.

another one was a few months ago, mums now in a wheel chair and i strugle getting her chair out of teh back of the car. an older guy came along and literally pushed me out of the way and got her chair out for me.

another one is, when i was at a livery yard i was in teh feild fighting my horse to come in (literally tryign to phsyically make her come in). i was kicked stamped on you name it trying to get her. this guy tat had just brought his horse to the yard came up grabbed the rope and forced her to come in, fougt her every step. he could have been hurt, i know i was black and blue by the end

shows theer are some nice people out there :cheering: .

laikabear
09-01-2008, 08:53 AM
We have a cat at our hospital right now who has a broken front leg (humerus) which needs a surgical repair. The owner could not afford the surgery, but was at the vet (her regular vet, not our place) at the same time as the actress Katherine Heigl's mom. She overheard the conversation and offered to pay for the cat's surgery. Our surgeon is giving a small discount but I believe the cost will still be about $3000.

I have had good sam's offer $100 towards the care of stray animals on a rare occasion, but never that much. Especially in this economy when many people can't afford healthcare for their pets and we are euthanizing more or having people decline care, it was a feelgood moment. The cat is unbelievably sweet. :)

BTW, (before someone says, why didn't you just do the surgery for free) we take charity cases actually more often than we probably should, but for every one we can help, there are 100 more that we can't, and still run a business. I'll be freaking glad when the "nonrecession" is over.

daisyjane
09-01-2008, 11:33 AM
My vet provides excellent care, and I can understand the high costs of providing that care. My dog recently had to make an unexpected visit to the vet resulting in a $300 vet bill. Luckily, I could afford it. My vet offers a payment plan for people who can't. This thread makes me think about pet health insurance, if she had a serious health problem, I would do it because she is a member of the family, but it would make big impact on my budget.

starburst
09-01-2008, 09:19 PM
A few years back, I lived in Germany and I wanted to send Christmas presents home to my family. I got to the post office thinging that the 20E in my pocket would be enough to afford the shipping. The postal worker slapped the shipping postage on in and rang up my total--23E. I rifled through my wallet and pulled out my debit card, which I then handed to the person ringing me up. Unfortunately, they didn't take plastic, especially from foreigners. I dug through my bag for the three extra euros, but I just didn't have it. I asked them if they could take the label off so I could return the next day with enough money. They said no. I asked if they could put my package off to the side so I could go get money from an ATM and return. They said no. I asked them what they would do with my box then and they said they would throw it out. I almost started crying as I frantically explained why they couldn't throw out my nephew's Christmas present. Just as I started to dig through my bag one last time, I felt someone poking my shoulder. An older woman was standing behind me with a fiver in her hand who told me to take it because, "Everyone deserves a good Christmas."