Last Friday night, I stopped at the Qdoba on Centre Avenue in Oakland to pick up a quick dinner, with my three kids under age 6 in tow.
To the man who so patiently held the door open for me, getting wet in the freezing rain while I unloaded three children from their car seats, thank you. Your small gesture of kindness was appreciated.
Someone turned in keys she lost at supermarket
I was shopping at the Giant Eagle at The Waterfront on Sept. 20. I had gone in for a few items, and when I went back out to my car, lo and behold, I did not have my keys.
Given that I had just locked my vehicle on my way into the store, I knew that my keys were most likely inside the store. I retraced my steps but was not able to find them. I stopped at the customer service desk and no keys had been turned in. So I left my name and phone number in the event that they showed up.
Luckily, I had a spare set of keys in my purse and was able to get into my car and drive home. As I was doing so, I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if some kind soul found my keys and turned them into customer service, and then I would be able to write to Random Acts of Kindness expressing my thanks?"
Well, the next day I received a call from customer service saying the keys had been found and they would be waiting for me at the store. I was thrilled!
After hanging up with the Giant Eagle employee, I smiled and thought that there are a lot of Good Samaritans in Pittsburgh. While I don't know who mine was on that particular day, I want to say thank you. You made my day, and I will certainly pay the good deed forward.
Driver turned his vehicle around to help a couple with tire trouble
We were on our way to church on a Sunday morning and while driving through Schenley Park we heard a tire blow.
Bill pulled into the right lane, as far over as he could, but there's really no place to pull off. Bill opened the trunk and started getting out the jack and spare tire while I was starting to call AAA.
The cars were coming around the curve very fast there, and I was afraid that Bill would be hit, so I went into the right lane and used my multi-colored rainbow scarf to try to signal drivers to move to the left lane.
A few cars passed, and then a driver coming in the other direction made a U-turn and pulled up behind us. He had just driven his wife to work at a law office Downtown and wanted to know if we needed help.
Bill could have changed the tire, but he was in his church clothes. We could have finished the call to AAA, but we would never have made it to church for the sermon. So we accepted his help.
He was very efficient, having grown up on a farm in West Mifflin. He finished the job in 10 minutes, and we were only a few minutes late to church. I offered him some money; he said it wasn't necessary, but since he didn't say no, I gave him the money. (I'm sure he's helped people who weren't able to pay him in the past.)
He said that he wouldn't have stopped if we hadn't been an older couple. We tried to get his name, but he didn't want to give it. So we want to share the news of this Good Samaritan, so everyone knows how kind Pittsburghers are!
Another customer stepped in when debit card was rejected
I was in Shop 'n Save in Lawrenceville using a debit card that had $46 available on it, but for some reason the machine kept saying failure.
I hadn't brought any cash with me, and this gentleman waiting to check out behind me insisted on paying for my order. It was only $7.50, but his gesture overwhelmed me, and I am so grateful for his kindness. I will do the same for someone real soon.
Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.