THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
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?