Vil­lagers step in af­ter scooter knocked over

Times Colonist - - The Capital - Judee Doyle

On Fri­day Aug 26, I was re­turn­ing from my gar­den­ing job in Fair­field.

I needed to stop at Star­bucks to pick up my weekly Ital­ian roast cof­fee. I parked my Yamaha scooter on Pen­der­gast and went in to pur­chase my cof­fee. Sud­denly, be­fore I paid for my or­der, a man came run­ning into the shop, yelling: “She ran over your scooter, she ran over your scooter.”

I bolted out of the shop mid-pay­ment. Sure enough, there was my scooter ly­ing flat, con­tents from the car­rier ly­ing in the street. I was hor­ri­fied! The driver of a red ve­hi­cle with Al­berta plates drove off, leav­ing the scene of the crash. There were five or six peo­ple out­side on Pen­der­gast who saw the whole scene. They were very will­ing to be wit­nesses. One kind man helped me to stand my scooter back up and there were peo­ple rid­ing by on bikes who stopped to see if they could help. One woman sat and waited with me for the po­lice. A restau­rant worker kindly came out and asked if we needed wa­ter while we waited at their pri­vate ta­bles.

The good peo­ple of Cook Street Vil­lage warmed my heart and showed me what a car­ing com­mu­nity re­ally feels like. Un­like the ter­ri­ble young woman with Al­berta plates who drove off, think­ing only of her­self. Thank you, Cook Street Vil­lage neigh­bours.

If you want to tell us of your en­counter with a ran­dom act of kind­ness, email lo­cal­news@times­colonist.com. In­clude the word “kind­ness” in the sub­ject field.

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