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    First, when I was 11 and had missed the bus to school. I was terrified (first time I'd got the bus alone and I had no idea where to go if I missed it) and sat at the stop crying for about a hour. A lovely old lady stopped to help me, made sure I got the next bus, told me which stop I needed to get off at and gave me directions so I could get to school. Turns out my mum had panicked when I didn't show for school (as mums do) and the head of year was out looking for me!

    Second was when I went to buy a new car in Manchester last year. I don't know the city and I thought my new car had broken down on the way back (turns out it was fine in the end). My phone was dead and I was lost in the city centre at about 10pm in November. A man and his wife/girlfriend stopped to help me, calmed me down, let me borrow his phone to call the AA and even gave me £3 so I could use the nearby phonebox if I needed to. He offered to wait with me 'til they came, but I couldn't ask him to do that when he'd done so much already! I can't thank them enough - I wish I'd taken his name and address so I could have repaid him.
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    (Original post by heartimplode)
    It was a rainy day and as I was walking down the slippery steps into Oxford Street station I slipped and fell on my butt (bad converses, bad!).
    Converses are notorious for their lack of grip!

    I'm sure there have been more kind strangers but I can only remember 2 atm....

    1)Got pushed over in a mosh pit and about 3 people helped me up
    2)my dad bust a tyre when he was driving and had to pull over, a lot of people stopped to help us
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    A hot chick came out of nowhere, took me to a corner and gave me head. It was so kind of her.



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    When I was about 6 or 7 I went for a walk with my great-grandad, we were about a mile from the house when he fell and couldn't get up. I started crying and didn't have a clue what to do, but fortunately two white van men were nearby and saw us - they helped my grandad up and made sure we were both OK and then drove us to the house, and stayed with us til my Nan got back.
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    When I was 5/6 I was having a coughing fit on the bus, proper coughing my guts up I was, and this little old lady behind me said "here you go darling" and she gave me a bottle of coke. I thought that was pretty sweet.
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    Never anything. I'm usually the one doing random acts of kindness
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    When I was 9, a stranger gave me a teddy bear for no reason in an amusement park. It is still in my room. Cuddly.

    I was walking to school on a hot sunny day when I was 11, I fell over and scratched my knee, a woman driving in a car passing by offered to drop me off to school to save the pain.
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Conclusion: six men found you very attractive. Or maybe they were just nice people.
    Haha, perhaps, but i'll go with the latter
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    My friend and I were on a bus in Italy, trying to find a hostel. Having spotted our big rucksacks and sussed us as tourists, a little old lady, without being asked, told us where to get off. The next day at the same bus stop, we were trying to figure out how to get into town. A woman over heard and obviously wanted to help but didn't speak english. She asked a guy who was waiting there to translate for her. He got on the same bus and told us when to get off and where to go. It was a lovely welcome to Italy.
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    This man took my heavy suitcase and carried it up the stairs. Very kind of him.
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    Last year I got horribly, horribly drunk and passed out in the toilets of the student bar (). Some girls I didn't even know took me home (I only lived five minutes away but I wasn't in much of a state for walking) and put me to bed. The nicest thing anyone's ever done for me and I was in a such a mess. I'll be forever grateful to the mysterious cat girls.
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    I went to eat at hardees.. Forgot my phone on the table , an iphone 4... the person who worked there came running and handed it to me
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    At the start of my third year I e-mailed a welfare tutor out of sheer desperation, saying I needed help and could I see her. I knew of her and she'd seen me around but we were strangers at that point, coz we'd never spoken or been in a situation where we had had to interact with one another before. First impressions and getting people to like me are two things I get hugely neurotic about, so this was the first (and probably last) time where I had to walk up to someone and introduce myself going "hi, I'm TLG. I'm [insert not-so-nice things here] and need to rant".

    I don't really remember what I thought after that first meeting. Probably that she'd be a good person to go and whinge to a few times a term and a useful ally. She probably thought she'd hear from me once every few weeks or something, going "OMG, X is soooooooo annoying, aaargh!".

    What actually happened was that she spent her whole academic year effectively being my personal babysitter when my health exploded and my degree began to fall apart around me. She spent so much time looking after me (at the worst point, hours on a daily basis), even though she had a lot going on in her own life. She put her professional reputation on the line, just to try and restore my health and get me through my exams. She had numerous fights with people about me/on my behalf. She was basically like a mother to me She did all this with nothing to gain, acted like I was the most normal person on the planet and as if she didn't have thousands of other things to do or a husband she really wanted spend time with (he lives abroad and they have little time together during term). She never showed any frustration or resentment, even when things got really difficult.

    All of this for someone who had been a complete stranger, who had all kinds of labels and baggage attached and walked around in a dazed, pyjama-clad state. I'm still baffled by it all, tbh. I can't explain just how much she did for me: it's one of those things where you had to be there to see how bad things were and how much of a difference she made
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    I was doing my Silver DofE in pretty much monsoon rains and met 3 incedibly nice strangers. The first let us eat our food under the cover of his 9kind of) garage because our little gas stoves wouldn't work anywhere else. The next couple gave my friend one of their towels as she had forgotten hers and was completely sodden and then finally I was sat waiting for the shower to be free and got chatting to this woman who produced a book and preceded to give it to me saying: "I just finished it, I really enjoyed it and I think you might enjoy it too".

    I still have that book and it still makes me smile.
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    One time I was travelling in Europe and some fellow backpackers bought me a nice big sandwich. I was very grateful.
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    Got lost walking along the beach in Corfu after shagging a girl on the beach & having my T-Shirt, wallet, phone and shoes nicked. Walked for 3 hours along the beach in the wrong direction, through sewage that came up to my knees. flagged a car down when I got back to the road and even though I was half naked, with no shoes, covered in ****, he gave me a lift back to my hotel
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    Actually, during the summer, I went to the Dome, and this bloke gave me his parking ticket. Saving my £6. He didn't have to but he did.
    It justified me doing that if I have time left on my tickets.
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    I lost a wallet on holiday and was very surprised to find it posted through the letterbox back in England not long after - with all the cash in it.
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    (Original post by skyhigh!)
    I once got racist comments shouted at me from a pretty aggressive older man while waiting at a cash point & everyone in the queue started arguing with him. It was pretty funny.
    Thats nice to hear. I hate it when old white (no racism intended) people think they can be racist and get away with it because they're old.

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    should have thrown brick at him..................too far?
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    (Original post by secret_smile)
    Quite a few kind things people have done for me.

    Last night my car was stuck in the snow and a cab driver helped get me out and back on the road Very lovely and friendly man.

    This one probably means the most to me though - my dog got attacked in the park by a dog whos thuggish owner didn't think it necessary to have a fighting dog on a leash... and this dog just ripped my dog to shreds.
    It was the most horrifying moment of my life and the man just walked off and left me covered in blood and my dog pretty much dying on the pavement. NO-ONE in the park came over to help me until I had picked up my dog and started walking out the park... and this ex soldier who was in a wheel chair saw me and came to help me.
    He calmed me down, called an emergency vet and helped stop the bleeding. Also, because he lived in the area, he kept me informed when he saw this man with his dog and helped the police track him down.
    Amazingly kind and brave man
    And my dog recovered and is alive and well at the grand old age of 16.
    That's lovely. I'm so glad your dog's ok!

    I love this thread!
    I'll come back when I have something to add.
 
 
 
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