Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Cab Filled With Kindness

--by Mish, posted Oct 6, 2013
While reading the New York Times today, I came across a story titled, "Free Sweets in His Cab to Delight and Heal".

Mansoor Khalid, a 37 year old electrical engineer from Pakistan has been driving a yellow cab in New York City since 1996. In 2010, his son, Saad, was born with a congenital heart defect. When Mr. Khalid visited him in the hospital after his night shift, he would bring coffee for the doctors and nurses there, who called him “coffee man.”

“My average was 20 bucks every night, for coffee and sweets,” he said.

Last April, Saad passed away at 18 months old. When Mr. Khalid returned to work, he decided to turn his cab into a "rolling celebration". He spends $300 a month keeping the back dashboard stocked with sweets for his passengers.

From his experience in the hospital with his son, Mr. Khalid learned that giving to others could at least hide, if not heal his own feeling of loss.

"I like to buy something for people; I feel good," Mr. Khalid said.  "When you give something from your hand, you feel very good, when someone gives a smile."

Since then, his cab has become an internet celebrity. His loyal online following supplies a steady stream of customers, with frequent requests for pickups from fans who send their locations to him via Twitter or Facebook.

But don’t expect the 13,000 other yellow taxis to follow suit any time soon. The $300 a month Mr. Khalid spends on candy would probably be a deal-breaker for most cabbies.

“If you think about it, you have to wonder why he does it,” said Juan Miranda, who drives Mr. Khalid’s cab during the day. “The way it is now, every time I brake, it falls forward.”

“Everybody is depressed, stressed, New York City is not an easy life, so when New Yorkers see all the candies, chocolates, they cheer up," Mr. Khalid explained. “Some people start screaming, they’re so happy.”

Note: This is a paraphrased summary with excerpts from the original article, which was printed in the New York Times (New York edition, page A21) on May 16, 2013. 
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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: Very inspiring kindness of cab driver. May others follow suit. Thanks for sharing,
DotMatrix wrote: Mish thanks so much for sharing this story. I loved reading it.
Olivia wrote: Wow! I hope to get into his cab when i go to ny next! Beautiful!
Karen wrote: Wouldn't that be great if someone gave him a job here in the united states, as an electrical engineer?
beetoote wrote: Thank you for this story. : )
princessliz wrote: Wow! Mr Khalid is a very brave man!
Sorry to hear about the loss of his beloved son. :(
I'm glad to see how he uses it to inspire others to be kind.
jsmc10 wrote: this is such a good way to help cope with things. I am sorry to hear about his son though :(
FairyBubbles wrote: That is such a bitter sweet story. I would love to have a ride in his cab.

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