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  • Courteous cabbie

    08/26/2014 1:00 PM

    I know some cab drivers in this city have behaved badly and brought the occupation into disrepute, but not all cabbies are bad.

    The other night I had to take a cab home, then realized I had lost my debit card. When the driver dropped me off, I told him I would give him my $350 iPod as collateral for the $15 cab ride. He agreed and told me to call him the next day.

    The next day I realized I might not get my iPod back. I was wrong. The cab driver came to my door (out of his way, and he didn’t charge me for the drive to my place) and delivered my iPod. I gave him $40 for the ride and his troubles.

    He could have easily sold my iPod for much more than the $15 ride. He was such a nice guy. He told me he trusted me to meet up the next day, as I should with him.

    Thanks, random cab driver, for being legit and helping me out.

    — Jiselle Mae Candelaria

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  • Shoppers helped ailing dad at Walmart

    08/25/2014 4:30 PM

    My dad was hit by a car on Leila Avenue near Garden City Shopping Centre.

    An ambulance took him to Seven Oaks General Hospital, and he was released about four hours later.

    I took him to Walmart on McPhillips Street to get a prescription filled. While we were looking at some vacuum cleaners he was interested in, he suddenly said he wasn’t feeling well and started sweating, so he leaned on the shopping cart.

    A shopper walking by asked if she could get us some water. I said, "Yes, please." She took off running, and by the time she returned, which was less than 30 seconds later, my dad did not look well at all.

    She said she was going to get a chair and a face cloth. It was like this woman knew where everything was in the store.

    I tried to call 911 but I just couldn’t do it, so the woman took the phone from me and called for an ambulance.

    Two gentlemen who said they were doctors helped me calm down and kept taking my dad’s pulse and asking him questions before the ambulance came.

    If not for these three people, I don’t know what I would have done. I thanked them very much, but in the confusion, I didn’t get their names.

    I can’t thank them enough. I believe my father is still with us because of their actions.

    He is doing fine now.

    — Belinda Vinette

     

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  • One great workplace

    08/20/2014 2:00 PM

    I HAVE worked at Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg as a receptionist for two years. Recently, I gave my resignation because I am going to back to school in September.

    Brian Lowes, on behalf of Mercedes-Benz, gave me a parting gift of a laptop for school. This gesture of kindness will help me so much, because the money I was to use for buying my laptop will go to my tuition instead.

    Acts of kindness happen everywhere. I am very lucky I worked somewhere full of goodwill and camaraderie.

    I thought of writing them a card, baking a cake, even knitting a sweater to show how much their gesture of kindness affected me. But I realized cards fade, cakes are eaten, and sweaters unravel.

    Sharing with your readers how much care and appreciation I feel for Mercedes-Benz hopefully will not fade, be eaten or unravel.

    Instead, I hope it resonates through time.

    — Jiselle Mae Candelaria

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  • Airline hailed cab to get family to Fredericton

    08/19/2014 2:00 PM

    WHILE travelling with my family this summer, we encountered a random act of kindness.

    En route to the East Coast, we were delayed in Toronto because of a hurricane in the Maritimes. Air Canada found accommodation for us in Toronto, where we spent one night. The hotel where we stayed had a fire, and we were evacuated at around 3:30 a.m. Early that morning, we boarded a plane for Halifax. Upon arrival, I contacted customer service to say we were travelling with small children and had very little sleep the previous night. I asked if there were any earlier flights to our destination, Fredericton. Everything was booked. We were destined to stay in the airport until 11:30 p.m. to get a flight to Fredericton.

    A few hours later, we heard our name paged at customer service. Air Canada had arranged for a cab to take us to our destination. We arrived in time for a late dinner instead of in the wee hours of the morning.

    I would just like to say kudos to Air Canada for great customer service.

    — Nancy Leach (Morden, Man.)

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