Stranger stepped in to end parking predicament
I was working downtown for a week and just getting used to how to pay for daily parking using the ticket machines. The first day, everything went smoothly. The second day, not so much. I had been caught in traffic and was arriving late for work. Then, for some reason, the ticket machine couldn’t read my card. Frustrated, I pulled it out and tried again. This time, it looked like it was going to work, but didn’t. By now, another lady with a young son was waiting in line. I told her I didn’t think the machine was working, and I was contemplating where else to park. She said she would try with her card, and sure enough, it worked. I assumed she would leave right away. Instead, she asked what I was going to do. I was quite uncertain, because her card had worked. Maybe my card wouldn’t work in any machine. I voiced that concern, and she said, “I’ll pay for it. My card works.” I said no, because I didn’t have any cash on hand and couldn’t pay her. She gently said “Try it again,” and after I entered my licence plate number, she slipped her card into the machine and finished the transaction. I stood there dumbfounded. She said, “Have a good day” and left. I mumbled a thank-you, but I was in shock, so I didn’t really thank her properly. What I want to say to this wonderful lady is thank you for your generosity. Thank you for reminding me there are good people in this city. I will pay it forward.