Unfiltered Story #44199

Australia | Unfiltered

I was doing a big day of Christmas shopping with my newborn and 2 year old. At our second stop of the day my toddler jumped into a coin operated ride just to play. Someone had left a coin in it, so when he pressed the button he got a free ride.

Later, near the end of a big day we again stopped so he could play on a different ride for a minute. While he was playing a teenage girl walked past and popped a coin in and started the ride without a word. I quickly invited some other nearby kids to join in and they jumped on too. Called out a quick thank you to our benefactor but don’t know if they heard it. Made a long busy day that much better for a small person.

Unfiltered Story #44122

Tucson, AZ | Unfiltered

My tire separated, low speed, everyone was fine, but we pulled off to the side of the road while waiting for AAA, since I didn’t have a spare. While we were waiting a total of 5 people stopped to make sure we were ok, the first while we were still on the phone with AAA.

Unfiltered Story #44125

Basingstoke, UK | Unfiltered

(I’m a guy not overly prone to crying. When our friends took in an emergency rescue hamster my husband and I fell in love with him and were overjoyed when they didn’t have time for him and let us take him in. He was far friendlier and happier to see us than I imagined hamsters to be and he was very much part of the family. Even as he grew old and infirm, becoming first deaf and then starting to go blind, he was still eager to see us and would wake us up if he missed us. When he passed peacefully it was obviously very sad, but hardly a shock. I make arrangements with a pet crematorium- they’re gentle and nice, but then this exchange occurs while the staff member is taking his information.)

Staff: “Okay, and how old is [Hamster]?”

Me: “We’re not sure. At least three years.”

Staff: (clearly surprised) “Oh my god!”

Me: (starting to both laugh and cry) “Yeah, he was a proper doddering old boy by the end. ”

Staff: (a little sadly) “I had a girl hamster- she was only a year and a half when she went. I think people underestimate how important the small animals are.”

Me: “They absolutely are.”

Staff: “Was he the first animal you and your husband had together?”

Me: “Oh- no, my husband sort of inherited-” (I laugh, remembering another late pet) “When we got together he had to share me with a rabbit, who was very jealous! And we’ve got two rescue rabbits we adopted together. And of course, in there, [Hamster] came along.”

Staff: “And he was such a character, I’m sure.”

Me: “Oh yeah, absolutely. We were spoiled with our first hamster. He couldn’t be sweeter or friendlier. We were lucky to have him.”

(I know it doesn’t sound like much. But it was such a moment of warmth that allowed me to open up and have a proper, healing cry. In that painful moment it made such a very real difference to me and made me feel so much better about what I was arranging. I wish I could convey how much it meant to me.)

Unfiltered Story #44121

Hanover, PA | Unfiltered

On the street in front of the service station

I was driving to the service station with my truck limping its way there. I knew it was on its last leg, but I didn’t have the money to replace it.

I can see the Service Station from where I’m sitting, when, suddenly, the truck ceases. Go figure, I pop it into neutral, hop out, and start to push. It’s a busy intersection, and people are flying by. I push as fast as I can, when suddenly, the truck gets astonishingly lighter. A gruff voice tells me to “get in the truck.”

I panicked a little bit. I’m a small woman. I jumped in the truck, and steered. I looked in the rear view, there were 3 men pushing my truck. They pushed me straight up to the service station. I jumped out, tears flowing down my cheeks, and offered them my sincere thanks. “I’m sorry, I would offer you money, but I don’t have any.”

They paid for my repairs.

Unfiltered Story #44123

Australia | Unfiltered

(I am in my local grocery store shopping, and looking at the socks on a good sale, when I hear this conversation. There is an employee who has obviously finished her shift, and a man with her, pushing a trolley.)

Woman: Do you need socks honey? They’re on sale.

Man: Nah, that’s okay.

Woman: Are you sure? I think you need them.

Man: *very sweetly* It’s okay, I can get them later. You’ve had a long day, and you’re tired. Let’s just get these things and go home.

(It was something so simple, but working in retail myself, it put a huge smile on my face. What a sweetheart.)