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A stranger did something really nice for me today

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Chewbacca Fri 11-Oct-19 21:16:13

I've needed a new pair of boots for a while now but finances are a bit tight to say the least, so I nipped into M & S to see if they had any reasonably priced ones. Found a pair that I liked at the top end of my budget and took them to the pay point. The man who served me asked if I had the M & S discount code but I didn't even know about them and so just shook my head. He smiled at me and said "Well, you're in luck! I've got one here!" And he swiped the voucher and instantly knocked almost £10.00 off the price! I was so surprised and delighted, I could have hugged him but I thanked him profusely instead.

Tomorrow, I'm going to forward on "a kindness to a stranger". smile

timetogo2016 Wed 30-Oct-19 15:40:28

I love M n S staff.
Always kind/helpful/happy to show you what you can`t find instore.
Nothing is too much for them.
I go to the Four Oaks branch in Sutton Coldfield and Cannock.
Always a pleasure.

grannysquaresandteddybears Mon 28-Oct-19 18:53:15

This was around two weeks ago. I was at the local retail park with friends, and as we were walking back to the car, I slipped on a wet leaf in the car park, dropping my shopping bag and everything falling from my handbag as I collapsed onto the wet ground, my friends heard a thud, turned round (the two of them were walking in in front of me), looked down and saw me in a heap on the ground with my shopping and the contents of my handbag strewn all over the zebra crossing, some lovely young man came over, pulled me up and put everything back in my bags! I was so embarrassed but very very grateful.

Jane10 Wed 16-Oct-19 15:49:48

Very kind of him seacliff.

seacliff Wed 16-Oct-19 14:52:10

I meant to say, he sent the whole box with all leads, plugs, instructions, and even batteries in the remote. smile

seacliff Wed 16-Oct-19 14:50:35

I'd been really enjoying this thread, very heart warming amongst all the doom and gloom. Now suddenly and unexpectedly, a stranger has done something lovely for me.

I was asking questions on a forum about best way to update my non smart TV by getting a gadget. It is quite complicated, there are various options, as I have rubbish broadband. Considering a Fire Stick etc.

Then one of the contributors messaged me and said he had a spare Now TV box I could have, just for the costs of postage. He even sent it before I'd put the postage money in his account. They aren't very expensive but even so, it was so lovely of him to offer, and to do it, and to give advice on how to set it up etc. It made my day.

Even better I now have much more TV choice, and have found The Camomile Lawn mentioned on a separate thread. Happy days. Yes I will be sure to "pass it on" as soon as I get an opportunity.

SueDonim Tue 15-Oct-19 15:16:47

It's my book group this week but one of my friends is in hospital with a broken leg. The ward sister has given us permission to have our meeting in one of their community rooms so that our poorly friend can join us! How lovely is that?

JenniferEccles Tue 15-Oct-19 12:13:20

This lovely thread actually confirms what I have always said, that in the main most people ARE kind and polite.

Obviously there are exceptions but I encounter far more pleasant folk in my day to day life than rude or unpleasant ones.

Every single time I go out in the car for instance, at least one person will flash to let me out of a junction.

We hear so much about bad manners and selfishness these days don’t we, so it is lovely to see the other side on this thread.

humptydumpty Tue 15-Oct-19 11:57:00

When DD was at primary school I was on my way to pick her up and stopped for a few groceries, parking on the opposite side of the road. Returning to the car I tripped and fell flat on my face in the middle of the road. Two ladies picked me and my groceries up and took me to my car, and bought a bottle of water for me; the one asked where I was going, and took me to the school and picked up my daughter, then delivered both of us back to my car, because she thoought I looked too shaken up to drive. I've never forgotten their kindness.

Blondiescot Tue 15-Oct-19 11:36:25

I'm sitting here choked full of the cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself, but this thread has really lifted my spirits. There are more good people out there than we often realise...

suzette1613 Tue 15-Oct-19 09:56:10

Recently I was struggling by train from Oxford to Birmingham Had a couple of changes, with lots of heavy luggage and was helped spontaneously by a young man with a shaved head, tattoos and piercings. He couldn`t have been kinder and carried my cases for me to the right platform and once on the train another lovely girl helped me find a place to put them. I have very fond memories of Reading station for those reasons! It made me realise I am seen as old though!

Lovetopaint037 Tue 15-Oct-19 09:47:27

And I bet he felt good as well. He must have really enjoyed your thankful response and delight. Well done both of you.

GrannySomerset Tue 15-Oct-19 08:56:08

Some years ago I was driving to an event in Cardiff and, as often happens, got lost (pre everyone having a satnav). I pulled into a service station and went in, carrying my map book, to ask for help. A young white van man, covered tattoos and piercings, was paying for patrol and said “follow me, I can go that way”. So I followed him and was delivered to my destination and learned again that you should never judge a book by its cover.

NfkDumpling Tue 15-Oct-19 08:35:03

I was nearly banned from our local Sainsbury’s as I’d bought a string bag of satsumas with a BOGOF offer. I took the free bag and once through the checkout, passed it on to a lady with a couple of children. It was an offer they had often - so I did it several times over a few weeks. In the end the cashier manager had a quiet word with me! She didn’t have a leg to stand on but the satsuma BOGOF stopped!

We regularly pass on car park tickets with time left on them (perhaps that’s why so many car parks make you put in your car number), and I really like the idea of passing back the £* off your next bill in supermarkets. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me! We wouldn’t do it in our little local supermarket though as it’s an independent up against a Tesco up the road.

GrannyMosh Tue 15-Oct-19 08:05:55


Me too!!

Oldandverygrey Mon 14-Oct-19 17:19:33

I travelled through London recently on the Underground, and every train I got on I was immediately offered a seat. Such kindness, but it also brought it home to me I really do look my age!

giulia Mon 14-Oct-19 13:38:14

I don't want this thread to end!

I keep coming back to it to read the latest stories.

They have brought a lump to my throat on several occasions and put a smile on my face.

grannybuy Mon 14-Oct-19 05:00:11

I am in New York, as we speak, and the kindness and helpfulness of so many people has astonished me. I challenged myself to the task of getting from the airport to the property DD and family have rented in Brooklyn. There was always someone offering to take my suitcase up and down stairs when there were neither lift nor escalator. Any time we have asked for directions, if the person doesn't know, they have found it on their phone. One couple walked with us to find the subway that we wanted. I have been offered a seat on the subway on most journeys if the carriage has been full. I haven't come across any rudeness or negativity so far. It has been heartwarming.

Katyj Sun 13-Oct-19 20:00:04

I'd been called to the hospital late one evening to see my poorly mum.In my panic i hadn't thought to check if i had any money for the machine ,a middle aged man approached and asked me if I was okay, i explained the situation he immediately put 4 pound in the machine for me .I was so grateful, I didn't know what to say apart from thank you very much.It put a smile back on my face.

suzette1613 Sun 13-Oct-19 19:56:04

Happiyogi, I met some lovely kind people years ago when hitchhiking too (we didn`t call it backpacking then.)

Coming from Switzerland down into Italy, 5 of us split up and had arranged to meet in a little coastal town on arrival. We got together quite quickly but had nowhere to sleep and needed to go to the local post office for something. No one in those days seemed to speak any English there. A lovely Italian woman came up to us in the queue and not only helped us there but invited us to her and her boyfriend`s place for a meal and found us a place to sleep.

I shall never forget her kindness to 5 scruffy students she had only just met.

Urmstongran Sun 13-Oct-19 19:31:58

I found a tenner on the pavement yesterday. No one about so I picked it up and passed it on to someone later who I know is having financial worries. When she answered the door I just pretended I’d found it on the pavement outside her house - so it wasn’t really from ‘me’ anyway.

BusterTank Sun 13-Oct-19 17:50:27

I'm true believer in what's goes around comes around . So if you do something nice for someone else , someone will do something nice back to you . It also goes the other way so don't do bad to others .

Dollybird1 Sun 13-Oct-19 17:48:55

I believe in earth angels.

Jane10 Sun 13-Oct-19 17:01:07

grinblush GardenerGran!!

GardenerGran Sun 13-Oct-19 16:53:52

I was out in town one evening with my best friend going from one bar to the next when as I crossed the road in my ridiculously high brand new shoes, I went flying full length. As I lay in the road a young man rushed to my side to help me up, saying ‘Are you ok, let me help you up’. The as I staggered to my feet we looked at each other and I heard the words ‘Mum!’. I don’t know who was more surprised! I was gratified that my son had rushed to help someone but a bit shamefaced even though I’d not had much to drink at that point. I never wore those shoes again!

Erlinda Sun 13-Oct-19 16:23:56

Santa Fe, NM USA. This post touched my heart. Kindness can turn a day into blessing. I worked for the NM State Senate and often took my lunch break down to our picturesque plaza from the Capitol building. One day a lady stopped me and said, ‘I just love your earrings!’ I took them off and gave them to her, with the understanding she would give them to the next woman who liked them. Wonder how far they have gone?