I took my motorcycle out for my first ride of the season when it was 70 degrees on a Monday morning last month, after I had finished my morning shift as a school bus driver.
I was on my way to fill up my bike's gas tank when I ran out of gas. I knew I was low, but motorcycles have a reserve, and I mistakenly thought I had enough gas to get to the filling station a short distance ahead.
At first I thought I'd push the bike to the station, but it was slightly uphill, so I decided against it. I pushed it into a parking lot, and soon afterward a man in a car pulled over and asked if I needed help. I told him I was out of gas, and he said, "Wait here a minute -- I live very close."
George quickly returned with a can of gas, and I was on my way in no time. He said he had a bike, too. I thanked him and told him I also always stop when I see a fellow biker in need.
Others took control when driver got her first flat tire
I had my first flat tire in 40 years of driving when leaving a Giant Eagle parking lot in a busy area.
I knew to try to find an empty area to park and call for help. That's when a young couple who were driving behind me stopped beside my car and offered their help.
Emily was small, petite and pretty, and also mechanically inclined. She went right to work. The car jack in my trunk needed repairs itself, so she drove 10 minutes away to secure the tool she needed. Another man, Dan, also stopped to offer help.
The kindness and generous time spent by the three strangers was greatly appreciated. I offered money, but they refused. They were a blessing for me, and I will never forget them. They renewed my faith in mankind.
Coupon from customer helped with a big order
I was shopping recently at the Giant Eagle at The Waterfront and had a very large order -- many, many items.
I was in the process of putting my order on the checkout counter when a young lady in front of me handed me a coupon for $10 off an order of at least $50. I was very surprised and grateful. It helped a lot toward paying for my large order. Her kindness was very much appreciated.
Cashier witnessed great gesture by one customer toward another
I am a cashier at Kuhn's Market in Ingomar, and we are blessed to have many wonderful customers.
On Thursday, April 24, a customer came through my line and asked me to hurry and activate a $25 gift card, which I gladly did. After the sale was complete, she then handed me the gift card and asked me to use it to pay for the groceries of the elderly gentleman who was behind her in the checkout line.
The customer donating the card left the store before a thank-you could be given. The gentleman she helped was so grateful for her kindness and wished he had had the chance to say thank you to her. It restored one's faith in humanity.
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