Stranger stepped in to end park­ing predica­ment

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

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.

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