Random Act of Kindness
This amazing story is making the rounds out of Winnipeg. Passengers on city transit recently report the bus suddenly pulling over on a downtown street. Those near the front report hearing the bus driver yell “Hey buddy!” to a man on the sidewalk.
Witnesses say the man was barefoot and disheveled. The bus driver opened the door, got out of his seat and approached the man down the bus steps. When the bus driver returned seconds later he was in his stocking feet. He had give the man his shoes.
One rider asked the driver about what had just happened and he reportedly said, “He had no shoes, I had to do something.” It brought a few of the passengers to tears
Furthermore, his act of kindness was reported to Winnipeg Transit. They were able to trace the route and driver who then asked that his name not be released. He wishes to remain anonymous and apparently the only statement he issued was to ask people to pay it forward.
Of course I couldn't help thinking that in Toronto someone would have taken a cell phone picture of his stocking feet, sent it to the Toronto Sun, who would've published it while asking the TTC to fine said driver for operating a vehicle without proper footwear. He subsequently would've been fired or suspended, a public outcry would ensue and eventually he would get his job back. That's just a guess.
We tend to forget about random acts of kindness, not as some social movement, but as something we can add to our way of life, personally. We should also embrace the concept of pay it forward. This bus driver committed an amazing selfless act and it seems to be enough for him that it was done, and not that he be lauded or commended. That's also setting a great example. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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*NOTE: Since I first posted this he has been identified as Kris Doubledee and has had his picture taken. He still doesn't want a big fuss made and just wishes people would follow his example in helping others.