Random Acts of Kindness: Scooter rider down, helping hands rise up
March 16, 2017 2:20 AM
I ride a three-wheeled motorized scooter because I have multiple sclerosis. At about noontime on March 3, I left the Aldi store on Baum Boulevard riding down the sidewalk. When I got to Graham Street I needed to pull onto the curb cut. It was a tight turn so I had to back up eight inches to drive onto the curb cut safely. When I backed up I bumped into a large stone boulder jutting out at the sidewalk from a new building, and my scooter immediately fell onto its left side, leaving me and the scooter lying on the sidewalk and my groceries spread out on the cement.
Three gentlemen came over to pick me up, and a lady was assisting, too. My groceries were retrieved, and only one egg out of the three dozen was broken. A policeman came and wanted to call an ambulance, but I told him I wasn’t injured. I was told to call 911 later if I noticed any adverse consequences from my spill. I thanked everyone and rode off with my groceries.
There are so many good, kind, helpful people in the world, and I want to acknowledge my appreciation to the wonderful people who came to my rescue that day.
The buying of wine made fine
I’d long been a reader of the Random Acts of Kindness column, but never thought I’d be a “victim”! On a cold Sunday, I made a quick trip to the Shadyside Giant Eagle for the paper and other sundries. It dawned on me that I could also pick up some wine in their liquor section. I mismanaged my time and ended up with 10 minutes to spare before wine and beer sales were permitted. At the checkout was another woman in the same predicament. We chatted away the time.
The cashier opened up and even before ringing her wine asked for photo ID. Long past the time I was ever carded for a purchase in the state store, I had only grabbed my credit and Giant Eagle cards, along with a $20 bill. I just stared and said, “Oh no, I don’t have photo ID.” The woman grabbed my wine and told the cashier to add this to her bill. Before I could remonstrate, the cashier told her it was over the permitted volume limit. She turned to her husband and said, “Pay for this.” He started taking money out of his wallet, at which point I told her my only cash was $20, and the box of wine would be over that by a number of dollars. She shrugged it off. I asked for her address to send her the difference. She refused.
Both she and her husband brushed off any offers to reimburse them, handed me my wine and said, “Pay it forward.” Such a kind, generous thing to do! Thank you so much! And I will indeed pay it forward!
A ride from a one-man Uber
I winter in Naples, Fla. I was recently in a bind when, after I dropped my husband off at a bridge game, I headed out to do some errands. When I shut the car off and tried to lock it, I realized he had the keys!
I was outside a Walmart and decided to go in hoping customer service might be able to help me. The line was long, and I asked a man behind me if he knew how to call Uber. I told him my dilemma, and he said he would be glad to drive me to get the keys and back. I was astonished and couldn’t imagine accepting such an offer from a stranger.
As we stood in line, I asked him where he was from. He said Morocco. I then asked him what he thought of Donald Trump’s latest executive order. He quickly said that Mr. Trump was an idiot. I decided right then and there that I would trust this man and that he was a decent person. He drove me to get my keys and back. He had three daughters who felt the same way about Mr. Trump. As we returned to the Walmart, I thanked him profusely and offered him money. He refused and said it would ruin his good deed.
I was very grateful that there are people like him in this world. I hope it will make me more willing to be generous.
Slivers of glass, painstakingly gathered
Saturday, Feb. 18, was a warm, sunny morning, and I was going outside to clean up the leaves in the driveway. To my horror, I discovered someone had purposely thrown several large glass items into the driveway that had shattered into hundreds of pieces. The entire driveway, sidewalk and surrounding areas were covered in glass.
I asked everyone walking by if they had seen or heard anything, but no one had. As it posed a danger it had to be swept up immediately. I did not know where to start. That is when a young man named Nathan walked by.
When I told him what happened, he generously offered to help me clean up. I could not thank him enough for his assistance and kindness. I read the Random Acts of Kindness column every week, but it is still amazing when you are the recipient of an act of kindness. Nathan is a wonderful young man, who said he works at Eat’n Park. They are fortunate to have him. I hope Nathan reads this and knows how special he is and that he saved the day.
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