Stories of Kindness from Around the World

London Cabbie's Payment-in-Kind!

--by T.S., posted Apr 25, 2006
Last week, I was running a little late on my way to my first day at a new job in East London. I had injured my achilles heal a couple of days before and didn't want to put too much pressure on it by running to the tube station so I decided to jump in a cab just to get to the station.

The cab driver was really warm and friendly and happened to ask me where I was off to. So, I told him how I was on my way to start a new job and was running a little late to get to the tube station. En route, about half way there, he realized that the road was closed ahead and told me that as a result this is as far as he'll be able to take me. Of course I said no worries and pulled out my wallet to pay him for his services.

At this point, he turned around and said to me with a huge smile, "Don't worry about it. I feel bad that I couldn't get you all the way to the station when you are running late for your first day of work. This one's on me! Good luck with your new job."

I was floored -- London cabs are generally really expensive, and he really didn't have to do this for some random stranger off the street. But he just felt like being nice and bringing a smile to someone else's day and so he did it anyway. Thank you, to this anonymous cab driver, for bringing a smile to my face every time I think of this experience.
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Readers Comments

calumet wrote: Lovely story. Acts of kindness like this on a poignant important day in your life are remembered forever.
TXWildflower wrote: Awesome story! Thank you for sharing this with us.
bookworm58 wrote: The story was very sweet. I am glad that there are people who care for others.
HappyDae wrote: I think the cab driver was one of us :)
What do you think? Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Love and peace, happydae
smileswithhope wrote: Thank you for sharing this story-- the cab driver's kindness is so simple, it's disarming. So wonderful to know that this has and is happening in the world! :)
Dora wrote: There's a terrific amount of knolwdege in this article!
moral12 wrote: A cabby with heart! Thanks for sharing your story.
malladi wrote: Great. Humans wear work clothes everywhere. Few behave with human feelings.
elli wrote: This warms my heart. =)

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