Have you ever had a complete stranger extend a helping hand when you REALLY needed it? I’ve definitely witnessed a few incidents over the years that restored my faith in the human race.
If you need a lift, take a look at these 15 stories from AskReddit users who experienced kindness from total strangers. Maybe you’ll be inspired to pay it forward yourself, one day.
1. Plus a “wee electric fan”!
I was heavily pregnant with my son and it was a roasting hot day on a busy bus. Not one person got up and gave me a seat. A elderly woman got out her seat and took my had and sat me down on it, I explained that this was okay and I was okay standing and that she should take her seat back and shouldn’t be standing. She then said to me that I was exhausted and entitled to a seat and that she was so disappointed with all the other passengers on the bus who never got up, she then went into her bag and gave me a wee electric fan to cool me down cause I was so hot.
2. Bike Repair
I used to ride my bike over 7 miles to work & back every day. It was a super crappy beach cruiser I bought at a garage sale for $10. Needless to say, I broke down pretty often. One cold night my cheap tire blew out in one of the neighborhoods in my route. Being a severely stubborn person, I immediately flipped the bike over to try to fix it myself. A few minutes later I see a SUV start heading towards me. My immediate thought was “this is how I’m going to die!” A family of four pops out & asks me if I’m ok. I, of course, said I was fine & I’m gonna miraculously fix it myself. They ended up calling more family members to come by with a tire pump. They ended up packing my bike in their car, taking me back to their place to look for parts to fix my bike up (I was also missing a pedal) & finally taking me home. It ended up pouring rain and by the end & they said me breaking down was “meant to be”..
3. Local Celebrity
I was at a convention where my high school celebrity hero Chris Colfer was going to speak about his new children’s book The Land of Stories. I was sitting at his panel and it was Q&A time from the audience. In a rush, I left my camera on my seat and ran to the Q&A line to go first. I asked my question, he answered, all was wonderful. I got to speak to my hero. At the end of the day I was looking through my photos in my camera and found a video that I clearly didn’t record. It was a video of me asking my question and Chris answering it. I figured that someone who sat next to me in the panel and had picked up my camera and recorded my question for me and didn’t say anything about it when I returned to my seat. Thanks to that stranger, I have recorded footage of my one and only interaction with Chris Colfer.
4. Lost Wallet
I got drunk one night and lost my wallet. I noticed it was gone but assumed it was in my friend’s car and was far too wasted to worry about it. About 30 minutes later I hear a knock at my door, two teenagers had found my wallet in a lot about 6 miles from my home. They drove to my house at nearly 1 in the morning and returned it, all content included.
5. The Interview
I was on my way to a job interview, I was running a little late…nothing too crazy, but I didn’t want to fuck up any first impressions.Well, I get into the elevator to take me up to the floor where the interview was at. I’m making small talk with this older gentlemen who happened to work in the same office. He asked if I was ready for the interview…it was then I realized I forgot my copy of my resume in my car!
This guy without hesitation pushed the ground floor button and, I hustled my ass to my car, grabbed what I needed and, found the same guy waiting for me in the elevator. It’s by this time that I’m late.
We both get to the floor we need to be at and, as we walk in I let the girl at the front desk know I was there for the interview. The woman is giving me this look of “you’re late you aren’t getting the job”. Well, the older guy goes and tells the woman that he was taking too long to get to the elevator and, I was late due to his being slow.
That dude’s lie solidified my position at the company for a good year.
6. I guess good things do happen at Walmart occasionally.
Was at the checkout at Wal-Mart when I was very very noticeably pregnant, talking on the phone to my s.o. I was telling him they were out of strawberries and I’d have to drive across town to the other grocery store. And old man in line in front of me paid for his groceries, turned towards me, hands me one of his containers of strawberries and tells me baby needs them more than he does.
7. The Laundry Fairy
In college I once forgot to unload my laundry from the dryer. When I got back at night someone folded all my clothes and neatly laid them on top of the dryer. Made my day.