Tell us about one time that you benefited from the kindness of strangers.
A few years ago my ex-boyfriend and I used to work for a delivery company as a second job to make some money. Delivering pizza’s KFC, Chinese food, etc. We started a few months before Christmas as we both needed a little spending money for Christmas and both had cars. We convinced our families it would be okay as we would always be doing it together. We each had cell phones and in between calls would hang out together in a parking lots or near one of the KFC’s we delivered for.
We had a lot of fun at first and the tips were great. His car broke down at one point and he came with me and we just split everything. We realized we could really do it either way though the people we worked for preferred us each in our own car so that they could have us both working at the same time. I was actually pretty good at it and became pretty quick.
I was delivering one day from a Chinese restaurant not to far from where I would move in a few months (though I did not know that then) and it was snowing heavily. I had a few great runs and had made about $100 in tips that night so I wanted to keep going. My ex did not and headed to a party. I was going to call him in an hour or 2 and join him.
A little while later it was still snowing heavily and the snow had accumulated quite a bit on the roads. I had decided I was about to call it a night and my boss called me and asked me to do one more delivery close by. I said yes because I had been to the house before and they were big tippers. I was on my way when my car slid in the snow and I hit a curb hard. I got out and checked out the car and realized I had a flat. So I called my boss to see if they could have someone come do the delivery. They sent someone out and in the meantime I called a tow truck.
The person who had gotten the delivery from me swung back around to see if I needed any help and I said that a tow was on the way (they had just called me to let me know they would be there in about 5-10 minutes), so they left. In the meantime it was getting really cold and was snowing even more. I called my (ex)boyfriend but he had his phone off (apparently he had gone to a party and his phone died). The people I was supposed to have delivered the Chinese food to got a bit worried that I might still be out there as the replacement driver told them what happened and him and his wife decided to get in their jeep and see if I was still out there. I was.
They showed up and he actually changed the tire for me as I had a spare in the car while his wife took me to get a coffee at Tim Hortons and he called us when he was done. I was a little hesitant to leave the car with him but he had gotten everything out of the car he would need before she took me to Tim’s and he handed me my keys. So I had them on me the whole time.
These were people I had only delivered to twice myself and my boyfriend had once or twice. At the time we did not even know each others names. But they had been ordering from the Chinese food place for years and knew that they now had a young women delivering for them through a 3rd party delivery company and when they heard that I had hit a curb and was out in the snow waiting for a tow they decided they did not want to just take a chance on the tow actually showing up (which they did not) and decided to come check it out for themselves and make sure I was safe.
I am so glad they did cause my parents lived more then 2 hours away, my ex-boyfriends phone was dead and my boss couldn’t have cared less and I sent the only person away that checked on me before them because the tow truck called to say they were nearby and on their way. When I called they tow truck back they said they got a more urgent call and tried to call me, though there was no calls on my phone.
Instead 2 strangers that did not know me from a hole in the ground felt unsettled that I was out there waiting for someone who may or may not show up and decided to take things into their own hands and ensure that I got home safe.