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The good samaritan
Posted 1:36 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012

I was reading on the news today about a man who helped a woman out by giving her $10 dollars when she was short of cash at the supermarket check out. He reportedly said he wanted people to know there are still good samaritans around.

 

I love hearing stories like this, usually I read the news and any tears in my eyes are from sadness but today as I read this little story I actually had a tear in my eye purely from the kindness of that man. People might say - no big deal, it was only $10 but really so many people would ignore what others were doing and think of only themselves. Nowdays we are all very independant self reliant people but we also tend to be very selfish and think of ourselves first. Good on you mystery man for doing such a kind and thoughful deed.

 

Have you ever had a good samaritan rescue you?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10824264

 

Posted by thecoffeelady


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oommii - 4:34 PM on Tue-7-Aug-2012  
I don't think of it as good samaritans but as pay it forward as people that are on the receiving end of good deeds are often the ones that will turn around and do something nice for someone else.

When I was little our neighbours used to give my brother and myself toys they no longer wanted and I have always remembered this.
So when I heard my friends grand-daughter was struggling after the Christchurch earthquake I knitted her a hat in Canterbury colours. She was blown away that someone she hasn't met would do this for her and apparently didn't take it off for two months. It is my belief that she will remember this small gesture and when she is older she will pay it forward and do something for someone in need
rainbow - 3:17 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
I was recently at a cafe for lunch where you had to help yourself and pay at the till at the end. My little baby had started crying so I picked him up. The lady behind me said let me help you as I was trying to carry the baby and get food. I pointed to the food I wanted and she put it all on a plate. It was a very simple thing to do but it made my day that people will help you out.
cherrytf - 2:32 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
I left my wallet at my sister-in-law's before, when we first arrived here and stayed with them. The house was already locked and I had no key. I was at the train station already when I realised I left my wallet in my other bag (women and changing bags to match outfits. duh!). So no monthly train pass, no money to pay for my ride to CBD to get to work on time. I noticed on the other side of the tracks a conductor whom I knew by face. I went over and told him my problem. Since he was going towards the opposite direction, he asked me to ride with him, get off at the next station where there would soon be a train going to the city. He let me ride for free and gave me $5 right there and then without my asking so I could get to work. He was even concerned if I could get home afterward. I told him I was sure one of my officemates would lend me money. I paid him back and gave him a card to thank him for helping me out. He and I have been friends since. I met his wife just last week. Auckland is so small that we only found out last week that his mother-in-law goes to the same church we do and that my son actually helped out in his mother-in-law's garden as part of his school community service recently.
Jacqs45 - 1:37 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
My tyre popped last week quite close to home so I limped home got my two girls out of the car and prepared to change the tired. Three of my male neighbour’s each dropped what they were doing and came across and changed my tire for me. It felt very blessed to have such wonderful neighbours.
mumof6 - 1:20 PM on Sat-4-Aug-2012  
What lovely stories :). So good to see there are still some lovely people in the world with all the doom and gloom in the world today!
thecoffeelady - 8:59 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012  
Livinglife, You would of have been so proud - what a lovely son! reminds me of a story I read, may of been on here actually about a new mum who experienced one of those newborn poo explosions while at the shopping mall and she had nothing to change him into and someone gave her a change of clothes out of their nappy bag. So kind and thoughtful, we all know how stressful it is when you're a new mum and such things happen.
LIVINGLIFE - 8:27 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012  
I have done that a few times at the supermarket, one day I had only 10cents in my wallet and a lady was short 10cents, I was 3 in line from her and the other 2 in front of me didnt even bother to offer to help and I'm glad I had the 10cents to help. One of my proudest days however was when I was out walking with my son and there was an old lady walking carry 2 shopping bags and my son offered to carry them for her, as we where going that way he carried them all the way home for her:)
SarahK - 8:26 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012  
I also love hearing stories like this. Esp as you say the news is mostly filled by bad news.
Thats an awesome story too Julie :)
thecoffeelady - 3:32 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012  
That's nice. I'd love to have enough money to help some of the people around who are so obviously struggling with the necessary items like food and power.
JulieKidspot - 3:26 PM on Fri-3-Aug-2012  
I haven't been on the receiving end of any good samaritan deeds but this did remind me of a true story I heard a couple of years ago. A woman in America had lost hеr job and could no longer afford her mortgage payments leading to the foreclosure of the family home. She attended the auction to sell off her home which meant so much to her. A businesswoman was at the auction with her son who was interested in buying a house. She noticed the woman was upset and talked to her about the house. When the house came up for auction the businesswoman bought the house for a fraction of what it was worth. She then gave the house back to the woman and told her she could pay her back whenever she was able to.


   
 
 
 
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