THE KIND­NESS OF STRANGERS

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - FRONT PAGE -

Fur­ther to your cor­re­spon­dence about acts of kind­ness while trav­el­ling (Travel views, April 7), in 1998 when driv­ing with my wife and two young chil­dren through Shenan­doah National Park in Vir­ginia we stopped at a petrol sta­tion in the for­est, miles from civil­i­sa­tion.

I in­ad­ver­tently shut the car key in the boot, which could only be opened with the key!

The gas sta­tion cashier was to­tally un­help­ful and the car rental emer­gency num­ber was out of ac­tion.

As I was con­tem­plat­ing my next ac­tion, a huge lum­ber truck en­tered the park­ing area and four heav­ily built men got out and ap­proached us.

I timidly ex­plained our predica­ment.

With­out a fur­ther word they brought over their tool­box and spent the next 20 min­utes re­mov­ing the rear seat back and hook­ing out the car key.

In the swel­ter­ing heat, I learnt they had used their lunch break to as­sist us. The least I could do was pay for their lunch.

ALAN BARNES WINS A £250 RAILBOOKERS VOUCHER

scheme could be adopted in this coun­try?

RJ LLEWELYN

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