Category: Bad Behavior

Kind Strangers Kindness

Station Yourself In A Safe Place

| Portugal | Bad Behavior, Kind Strangers, Transportation

I’m a 20-year-old woman. I am going to a music festival far away from my home. I go alone and schedule to meet with two friends of mine at the train station, since none of us has ever been there before. They have missed a train, so we all end up waiting five hours.

During those five hours in the train station (it is winter and quite cold), I have books so I have no problem entertaining myself. An elderly man, in his 60s, sits down next to me and starts chatting. He asks me where I am from, what I am doing there, the basics. I am usually friendly, although I always keep my guard up, so I reply to him very shortly that I am there for a festival and waiting for my friends.

Then he starts to be really annoying and creepy, constantly telling me “Oh, maybe they are leaving you here alone.” “You can stay at my place, don’t worry.” “Want to go with me now?” “Don’t worry, I have condoms with me.”

I became very uncomfortable, but do not want to leave the train station as I have no idea where to go and he could easily follow and trap me, so being in a crowded place made me feel safer. I spend lots of time in the bathroom in order to avoid him. At one point, I see a police officer there, so I think about going to talk to him to help me, but the old guy is faster and goes to talk him and I realize that they are friends.

I am really scared, and telling my friends on the phone what is happening.

Suddenly, I see another guy around my age standing up, maybe 20 meters from me, and looking at me. I get up, go to him and ask if he minds me being near him. He smiles and says “Yeah, I noticed what happened. Don’t worry; you can stay here with me until your friends arrive.” And so he did, and the old guy left me alone.

Thank you, random dude that saved me in those terrible hours.

Kind Strangers Kindness

Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 4

| CO, USA | Bad Behavior, Kind Strangers, Popular, Spouses & Partners

(I am waiting at a very busy intersection, and traffic is slow, so I am forced to wait until I can go. There is a homeless man along the side of the road, and on the other side there is what looks like a husband and wife fighting. It starts off with just yelling, but quickly escalates to where the man shoves the lady down. She luckily lands on grass, not the concrete that is mere inches from her face. I’m just about ready to call the police when I see the man moving towards her. However, the homeless man crosses the street, weaving his way through the cars, and helps the woman up.)

Husband: “What are you doing, you d*** fool! This isn’t none of your business!”

(The homeless man doesn’t listen and continues to help the woman up.)

Wife: *quietly whispers what looks like thank you*

Homeless Man: *walks over, and gently places his hand the man’s shoulder* “What’s wrong?”

(At this point I expected the husband to tackle him, but instead he suddenly collapsed into the man’s arms, sobbing. As I later learned the man and woman were about to become homeless, and somehow this brave man recognized their distress. To that man, thank you for your kindness! And to the husband and wife, I wish you the best of luck getting back on your feet!)

Related:
Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 3
Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 2
Homeless Is Where The Heart Is

Kind Strangers Kindness

A Proposition You Can Accept

| VA, USA | Bad Behavior, Hall of Fame, Kind Strangers, Popular

(I am walking home one day from work when a car slows down next to me. The driver catcalls, offers a ride, everything short of a proposition. Eventually he drives off leaving me thoroughly creeped out. A moment later, a car full of young women slows beside me.)

Driver: “Hey, we saw that guy bothering you. Are you okay?”

Me: “No, not really. I’m worried he’s going to follow me home and my roommate won’t be back for an hour.”

Driver: “Hop in. We’re going to [Restaurant]. You can come!”

(And that’s how I ended up at a fast food restaurant with a bunch of strangers, sharing shrimp poppers and laughing. They got me home safely and I’ll never forget their kindness!)

Adorable Children

Cranking Down Mr. Cranky

| NY, USA | Adorable Children, Bad Behavior, Popular

(I am six years old, at the grocery store with my mom. We go to the register and end up behind a man who is berating the teenage cashier so viciously that she is openly crying. After a few minutes of listening to him, I pipe up:)

Man: *almost screaming at this point*

Me: “MISTER! You’re cranky! You need a nap!”

(The cashier’s jaw drops, the man turns toward me with an ugly look on his face, and Mom is praying that she won’t have to hit this man for turning on me. Suddenly he starts laughing.)

Man: “Young lady, I think you may be right!”

(He said he had been having an absolutely horrid day up to that point and apologized to the cashier for taking his frustrations out on her and to my mother for making us listen to his tirade.)