Stories of Kindness from Around the World

DMV Guy and a Stolen Car

--by Sudha, posted Feb 18, 2006
Mondays are usually pretty hectic for me. On one of these typical Mondays, I get ready to go to work thinking about all the things I have to accomplish on that day and walk down to get to my car scolding myself for being late to work, but surprisingly the car was nowhere to be found. I parked right across my apartment the previous night but it wasn’t there that morning.

This was at 8.00am in the morning. I made trips to all the towing places, police stations all the time thinking that it was towed by cops. By around 10.00am, I couldn’t find it anywhere and the cops decided that it was actually stolen. After filing a report with the them, I finally get to work thinking how my day was completely messed up.

Later in the day I went to pick up a rental car at Enterprise only to realize that my license was missing too along with my car. I told the enterprise guy the whole story and he was so sorry for me that he offered to take me to the closest DMV and get a duplicate license. I was totally dumbstruck. I didn’t know why this complete stranger would want to take some time off his day to help me. He actually took me to DMV, got a duplicate and then rented me a car. I was pissed off the whole day because of the sequence of events that happened to me but somehow this simple act of kindness from a complete stranger made it all worth it. It cheered me up and made me forget all the mishaps of the day. I was so moved by this kind act that the next day I made sure someone else got a similar surprise. I took some smiley shaped chocolates and left them on some of my colleague’s desks.

There is still a lot of goodness out there in the world. We just need to take the time to notice it. Hoping that this story would inspire many others like me to do more acts of kindness.
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Readers Comments

jsmc10 wrote: I'm sorry to hear about your car and license, i am very happy to hear that someone went out of their way to help you though :)
thaata wrote: A bunch of happy moments is marred by a single bad moment whereas one single kind act will make us forget a bunch of bad moments. Power of kindness and love is great.
ricky huang wrote: Let us live a giving life. It is my awareness of what accompanies the giving act (the recognition of my reservations about giving, or my resentment, my anxiety when I serve another or hold my angry tongue) that slowly transforms me. It is the experience of my unkindness that can enable me to be truly kind, giving. --Charlotte Joko Beck
kelly clarkson wrote: I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force ... my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day. --Og Madino
NM wrote: Sudha, great story!

Keep up the spirit of service.

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