Spinoff: The Kindness of Strangers

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsRight:  Hmm no one helped me out of my life threatening situation when I was 7, so I don’t think that highly of strangers.  Maybe some other bees have better stories/experiences lol.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This certainly isn’t related to any life-threatening situation, but recently I encountered a very kind stranger.

I was grocery shopping with my infant (I wear her in a carrier thingy so I can use my arms to lift stuff) and I was loading my bags into the car when a nice older lady came up and offered to help.  She put my groceries in the car and asked if she could just use the cart since I was done with it and she was on her way inside.

It isn’t a big deal, but this small gesture made my shopping trip a little bit easier.  It really warmed my heart that someone would reach out and help, even if it was just a small simple thing.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsRight:  No, I call AAA when I have a flat tire.  I have never had anyone do anything without some sort of ulterior motive (i.e. buying me a drink, gifts, etc), or as a “thank you.”  However, I was almost abducted by a total stranger in a mall when I was 7, no one came to my rescue.  In a way that stranger probably did the best thing he could, taught me I can only rely on myself.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsRight: My personal “kindness of strangers” story is actually a bit twisted, hahahahahahah. I was travelling in Thailand on Christmas and was alone for the first two days until I met my friend, and so I decided that, instead of sitting alone in my hotel room on Christmas eve, I’d go see a movie. However, even though my ticket was printed in English, all of the theatre directions–like which theatre was where–was either written in Thai or I was just dumb, and I could not for the life of me figure out where I was going. Luckily, an American woman who lived in Thailand and saw me looking around in confusion stopped and showed me to my theatre, and she even told me that she was alone for Christmas too, so why don’t we go out and get dinner together or something? I thought it was a super great opportunity, so I said yes and we met up after the movie…

 

… only for me to find myself in her hotel room, looking at pictures of naked ladies with her, because she totally wanted to bang me. I ran outta there sooooo fast, but! She was still incredibly helpful, hahahah.

But I do have a pretty scary story about a second cousin of mine who was running off school grounds for lunch and darted out from behind a parked car to get hit, full-force, by a transit bus. She was in a coma for 3 weeks and has suffered minor brain damage, but the only reason she’s even alive today (she just had a little boy a few months ago!) is because a random stranger stopped and gave her CPR, even when she was covered in blood. To this day we don’t know who the stranger was.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@housebee:  how is buying you a drink or a gift having an ulterior motive? 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrspinesol:  They’re not doing it to be nice, they’re doing it to ask me out.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Not to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, but I am most often the kind stranger rather than being on the receiving end.

 

The only thing I can really think of a stranger doing something really nice for me is walking out of a restraunt and handing me their unused 25% off coupon.

 

But I do go out of my way to be the kind stranger.  Helping out old people, pregnant women, people with their hands full, or with empty stomachs.  Hopefully one day it will pay off!

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The biggest one I have is a charity paid for medication to save my daughter’s quality of life. It was $27k a week for six weeks and not covered by our insurance. A member of the hospital staff recommended we call the Chronic Disease Fund. They asked us only to prove who were were and handled everything else. There is not enough gratitude on earth to explain how good they were to us.

 

 I am a firm believer that people are nice to me because I am that giving stranger. I have pushed more cars, given more homeless people my scarf/gloves, bought more meals or cold water for people who look miserable, baked more muffins for delivery people and brought home more stray dogs than I care to quantify. I swear, not everyone on earth is bad. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@housebee:  How did you get away? That’s terrible 🙁 did your parents find you or you escaped? I’m with you – I rely on myself first, my husband second, and my family third. Strangers aren’t even on the list. 

@MrsRight:  I’ve had someone pay for my coffee order at the drive-thru. Other than that, it’s only my family who does nice things for me (and sometimes my friends, but nothing major). 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I bit the guy as he was trying to get me out to the parking lot and ran to find my mom.  Apparently he didn’t think it was worth the fight.  The whole thing only happened because my mother left me alone in a store so she could go shop elsewhere undisturbed (I had really negligent parents lol).  Here’s the kicker though, my mom didn’t report it to police because she didn’t want to look like a bad parent for leaving her child unattended. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

These are random acts of kindness that have nothing to do with truly dangerous situations:

SO and I got out of our car at a sandwich shop and noticed a hissing sound. This very young guy stopped. It was our tire, and he could hear it because his window was down. He offered to take us over to the store, buy a plug kit, plug it for us and everything. In the end, we told him we wouldn’t feel right about that, so he called a buddy of his at a garage and sent us over there. It was right across the street, so no big deal to drive on the flat. I was impressed by his kindness because there was truly nothing in it for him, and I don’t think most guys his age would have done that.

When I was 18, I drove my car into a telephone pole. It was late, but there was a business next to it. This man came running out. He got me to calm down, got me a bottle of water, and called the paramedics. I was totally fine other than being banged up, but I had a ton of blood from a small cut on my head (isn’t that always the case?), and I think he was worried that I had a serious head injury.

As a teenager, I got into a terrible screaming match with my mom in the mall parking lot. I decided to walk home. Unknown to me, a lady and her kids saw the whole thing. She followed me down the road a bit and flagged me down. She gave me a ride and told me about her own memories of fights with her mom.

I have some social anxiety issues. I was grocery shopping the other day, and I think I looked flustered because I was feeling pretty anxious. A teenage boy said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but you have beautiful hair.” That comment made me feel good for the rest of the day.

I was checking out at the store not too long ago, and the cashier told me she loved my shirt, that it was definitely my color, and it went beautifully with my skin. Guess what my favorite shirt is?

I lost my debit card last year. I got a phone call from a cop. He picked it up and drove it over to my house. I was amazed.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KateByDesign:  +1.  This is me, I try to be the kind stranger.  And I’ve been handed coupons before, lol.  Nothing else is coming to mind at the moment.  I’ve met a few unkind strangers, though.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wednesday I was driving home in terrible weather – snow and ice – and my car spun and I hit the concrete barrier on the highway. No one stopped. No one. My phone went flying and I couldn’t find it and I had broken my leg. Cars went by for 30 minutes without stopping. I finally ended up spotting my phone and grabbing something to move it toward me until I could reach it so that I could call 911. I still cannot believe that not one person stopped or even called 911. I was in such a panic and just praying that someone would stop and help me. Nope, nothing.

Anyway, I have had a lot of random strangers do nice things for me, but since this just happened a couple of days ago I’m not too fond of strangers right now hahaha.

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